March 21, 2009

Poetry Friday: Bellbirds

By channels of coolness the echoes are calling,
And down the dim gorges I hear the creek falling
It lives in the mountain where moss and the sedges
Touch with their beauty the banks and the ledges.

These lyrical opening lines are from a poem by Australian poet Henry Kendall, who lived in the mid 19th century. Bellbirds is an iconic poem of Australia. I found it many years ago, and put just these lines in my poem journal. You can read the rest here.

These are bellbirds

The beautiful photograph of the waterfall was taken by Australian photographer, Melissa Ellison. You can see the rest of her Flickr photostream here.

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