This week we were driving the nearly 4000kms to get back to Darwin from Canberra. Yesterday as we drove through 1000kms of Territory bush I was moved by the many colours and images. I’m no poet but here are my thoughts in vaguely poetry form rather than prose.
Dawn breaks deep red against the lightening sky
The horizon so vast in an encompassing ocean of green
White-trunked gums with leaves of lime
In a sea of shrubs fringed with red grevillea
And trimmed with a bright blue sky
Buttes of ochre-red dot-painted with grey-green spinifex
A parade of turkey bush fresh-flowered in purple
Laced with yellow from grevillea, kapok and wattle
Cycads waving their new-grown umbrellas and
New grass tufts vivid-green against the fire-burnt ground
Contrast the shimmering purple seed heads of older grass
Lime, shamrock, white, purple, blue, red, green and yellow
Home again to the colours of the Territory bush.