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Australia Day

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Rick
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0 posted 01-24-2008 06:21 AM       View Profile for Rick   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Rick's Home Page   View IP for Rick


AUSTRALIA DAY

To live together here in peace, from coast to inner reaches far
In land down under, here our home; a place where all us Aussies are

We stand with family and with folk, to celebrate our Aussie land
To share our passion and a joke, to gladly give and lend a hand

Today we look back on our past, and at a future yet to play
Reflecting on the things that last, and all the things we have today

We have the right to speak our mind, to travel to lifeís furthest call
To leave the woes of world behind, to heed the lessons if we fall

We are a country filled with spaces, reaching far and wide to sea
Over time have grown in places, places that still now are free

We come from early years of sweat, from struggle that a spirit made
And though years pass we donít forget, the building blocks our past had laid

Weíre in a country young to others, foundered through sheer guts and will
Created we, the sisters, brothers; beginnings once, remembered still

And some may ask, why so much pride? Why celebrate this day each year?
While you and I both side by side, find answers to that question clear

It is the feeling of the freedom, no war to fight on soil at home
Itís having family safe and happy, the knowing we donít stand alone

Itís having work to find a future, having mates to give a hand
Itís knowing Aussies stick together, itís finding that they understand

So yes, today, stand tall together; be proud to call this land your home
For nowhere in this world compares, to what this Aussie soil has grown

Australia day, our day together; our nationís flag with pride does wave
And matter not the time or weather, weíre Aussies proud right to the grave

So let us spread our joy and pride, let us venture further forward
Finding freedom by our side and Aussie tag our true reward

© Copyright 2008 Rick Van Weenen - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 01-24-2008 10:40 AM       View Profile for passing shadows   Email passing shadows   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for passing shadows

oh Happy Day!

beautiful poem Rick my friend

wish I could be there, but maybe when I'm old and retired I can visit

Rick
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2 posted 01-24-2008 12:44 PM       View Profile for Rick   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Rick's Home Page   View IP for Rick

Hi Dixie, great to see you here, I have not written much for a while, but hope to again soon, has been a busy time with Christmas and work. It is Australia day tomorrow and I will be reading my poem out in my local town, I write a new Australia day poem each year and have done so for about the past eight years, an enjoyable thing to do. Thanks for your reply my friend, hope you have been well and life is treating you kind, have a great day and again thanks.

Rick
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3 posted 01-24-2008 01:18 PM       View Profile for Marchmadness   Email Marchmadness   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marchmadness


You wouldn't happen to be a proud "Aussie"
would you? Very nice, Rick.
                                   Ida
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You do your nation, proud, Rick! I wish I could hear you recite this inspiring, patriotic poem in your town, tomorrow! Happy Aussie Day!

It's no wonder why I love our Aussie pipsters! You are all great people ~ and poets!

Love, hugs, and a broad smile,

Linda
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5 posted 01-24-2008 01:44 PM       View Profile for SEA   Email SEA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for SEA

this really makes me smile...
TomMark
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Beautiful tribute to your country.
Enjoyed the poem.
Have traveled there once.
Sydney, the most beautiful city in the world.
Enjoy life happily, Rick!
Tom
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7 posted 01-24-2008 04:26 PM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

Fine writing...James
LindsayP
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Rick my good friend, that is one of the

very best poems that you have ever written

I only wish I could write on like that.

You have done yourself and Australia proud.

Keep them coming Rick

Lindsay
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Love it!!!

ARCTIC WIND
Rick
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10 posted 01-25-2008 05:44 PM       View Profile for Rick   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Rick's Home Page   View IP for Rick

To you all my friends, thank you so much for your replies, each was very much appreciated and heart felt. Today I read the poem out, so wish me luck. It is always wonderful to hear from you all, this place does indeed rock. Have a great day you all and catch up soon again.

Rick
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11 posted 02-01-2008 09:56 PM       View Profile for MGROVES   Email MGROVES   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for MGROVES

Have not been on in a while, always enjoyed reading you~ this is nice~

My spirit will rise
above the sea~
There will be no drowning
of my soul or me~

Rick
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MGROVES, always nice to have you visit and reply my friend, thank you so much for taking the time, very much appreciated.

Rick
Earl Brinkman
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13 posted 09-14-2010 08:50 PM       View Profile for Earl Brinkman   Email Earl Brinkman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Earl Brinkman

I don`t today is Australia Day but it is a fine poem worthy to be read on any day.
 
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