Today 26th January,
Is marked as our national day.
In 1788 the first fleet arrived.
Boatloads of England’s most undesirable
Send never to return,
Good riddance they said, and were forgotten.
Never did they imagine
From such humble beginnings
This great nation would emerge.
We have our skeletons,
Our treatment of our indigenous people
Leaves much to be desired
Our sins against them
In need of more than ‘sorry’.
Change is happening,
Many wonderful people working
To lift their health, levels of education
Preserve their precious heritage.
We are resource rich, evidenced
By massive scars in our landscape
As those precious metals
Are purged from the earth
In the pursuit of the holy dollar.
Massive trains roll past my street,
Carrying these resources
Away to foreign countries
Leaving nothing in their wake.
We compete on the world stage
In all areas of pursuit.
Our writers, sportsmen, artists,
Are known in every country.
We are indeed a lucky country
But we must guard against decimating it
And leaving little for future generations.
Nor should we forget the poor
Not everyone is ‘lucky’
We must care for them.
Who would have thought?
That first day on the shores of Sydney Cove
With bush all around,
Prospects dim to say the least,
That through the blood sweat
And tears of those early settlers
The Australia of today
Evolved, with its unique character,
Personalities, and way of life.
We are blessed.
Happy Australia Day.