I am, you are, we are Australian …

Best wishes to all Aussies from Bear. I thought this poem will explain what it is to be an Aussie.


I came from the dream-time,
From the dusty red-soil plains.
I am the ancient heart,
The keeper of the flame.
I stood upon the rocky shores,
I watched the tall ships come,
For forty thousand years I’ve been
The first Australian.
I came upon the prison ship,
Bowed down by iron chains,
I fought the land, endured the lash,
And waited for the rains.
I’m a settler, I’m a farmer’s wife
On a dry and barren run,
A convict, then a free man,
I became Australian.
I’m the daughter of a digger
Who sought the mother lode.
The girl became a woman
On the long and dusty road.
I’m a child of the Depression,
I saw the good times come,
I’m a bushie, I’m a battler,
I am Australian.
We are one, but we are many,
And from all the lands on earth we come.
We’ll share a dream and sing with one voice,
“I am, you are, we are Australian”
I’m a teller of stories,
I’m a singer of songs,
I am Albert Namatjira
And I paint the ghostly gums.
I’m Clancy on his horse,
I’m Ned Kelly on the run,
I’m the one who waltzed Matilda,
I am Australian.
I’m the hot wind from the desert,
I’m the black soil of the plains,
I’m the mountains and the valleys,
I’m the drought and flooding rains.
I am the rock, I am the sky,
The rivers when they run,
The spirit of this great land,
I am Australian.
We are one, but we are many,
And from all the lands on earth we come.
We’ll share a dream and sing with one voice,
“I am, you are, we are Australian.”
“I am, you are, we are Australian.”

From Doreen CFA


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