The Digger (Apologies to Rupert Brooke)
If I should cark it, think only this of me
That there’s some corner of a foreign field
That is terra Australis. There shall be
In that red earth a mate of yours concealed;
A bloke Australia bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her sand to scorch, her bush to whack;
A mate, Australian, breathing hot summer air,
Salt in his stubble. Sunburn on his back.
And think, this heart, guiltless as a little tyke
A pulse in the eternal outback-beaten heat,
Gives somewhere back the light Australia’s giv’n;
Her bronze and golden dreams; her sunset sky;
And laughter, learnt of mates, who’ve bugger’d it
Their hearts sleeping, under an Aussie sun.