Reflection on the impact of the Australian wildfires on the land by Rev. Carol Hallman

Carol Hallman shared this poem with her congregation and with us as well.

Kookaburra sits on the old gum tree,
Merry merry king of the bush is he.
Laugh, Kookaburra, laugh, Kookaburra,
How gay your life must be!

My heart grieves
As the cameras
Record the devastation
Of the bushlands
Fires furious destruction
Ash and soot all that is left

My heart grieves
The loss of
Kangaroos and koalas
Wallabies and wombats
The habits of
Potoroos and Dunnarts

My heart grieves
The Glossy Black Cockatoo
Just back from the brink
The Richmond Birdwing Butterfly
Greater gliders
Peackock spiders
And the Nightcap Oak
Which offered food for many

My hearts grieves
The countless
Bats
Frogs and other
Critters whose
Habitats are forever changed

My heart gives thanks
For all the volunteers
Dropping carrots and other
Food in the wastelands
So they might have
A fighting chance

My heart gives thanks
For those who offer
Water and shelter
Who comfort and aid

Kookaburra sits in
The old burnt tree
Grieving king of the bush is he
Cry Kookaburra Cry Kookaburra,
How sad his life must be

Forgive us
For our complicity
In the destruction of
This place of beauty
For the pain and suffering
We caused

May our eyes be opened
May our hearts be wide
May we finally begin
To be the good stewards
Of God’s beloved
Creation that we
Are called to be

 

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4 Responses to Reflection on the impact of the Australian wildfires on the land by Rev. Carol Hallman

  1. Amen and let be so 🙂

  2. Rosalie Sugrue says:

    Thanks Maren, this Aussie ‘poem’ is actually round, sung in 2-4 parts by almost every Australasian child in primary school singing classes for decades.

    • Maren says:

      We were all raised on it — I think it was everybody’s first song in school, followed by “Waltzing Matilda.” Why US kids learned these two before even “Home, home on the range” which was of the era the kid’s song is amazing but it is definitely a part of our DNA!

      • Rosalie Sugrue says:

        Really, how surprising – it is so antipodean – goes to show we just don’t know how intertwined our DNA is! (Though I think our kids are more likely to know the Ballard of Davey Crocket than Home on the Range.)

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