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Bookends of the Earth (Australia!!!!)

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Alison
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0 posted 11-30-2008 03:44 AM       View Profile for Alison   Email Alison   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alison

When it’s daytime in Alaska, Australia has its night
Our Christmas is dark and cold; theirs is filled with hot sunlight
We say they are “Down Under” as if buried deep underground
I wonder if “Up Over” is where they think Alaska’s found

The Arctic and the Outback offer adventure to most all
Their rugged lands meet the horizon and mountains appear small
Indigenous people subsist there, still tied to their homelands
They hold tight to their unique cultures that most won’t understand

Whether fishing for dugong or seeking whales in stormy seas
Aborigines and Eskimo hunt foods their family’s need
They work to preserve their cultures and keep the older ways
Modern advances make traditions harder to keep safe.  

The North Pole and the South Pole are bookends of the earth
Between them there are cities like Fairbanks and like Perth
Australia and Alaska's lands are open, wild spaces
Which is only one attribute that's shared by both these places

The Southern Cross and North Star shine above in the sky
And point the way to the Poles to those whose eyes look high
Australia and Alaska top the world from end-to-end
They share a frontier spirit and are known for making friends

“Up Over” or “Down Under” doesn’t really matter much at all
They are a world of difference, but the difference is really small.

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Alison


[This message has been edited by Alison (12-01-2008 02:24 AM).]

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1 posted 11-30-2008 03:49 AM       View Profile for Roniece Dawson-Bruce   Email Roniece Dawson-Bruce   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Roniece Dawson-Bruce

loved the reference to the Dugong  Ali-girl...good research there!

and the Up Over and Down Under reference is just great... I think you would fit right in if you were to visit us one day .... hmmm... do you think we could entice "Deer" to visit too??   ooh is my soft spot for him showing??  LOL!!    

lovely gifting here ... lovely as you!

Eskimo and some Aborigine hugs thrown your way!

RDB

Be kind at heart....for everyone you meet has their own battle to fight.........

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2 posted 11-30-2008 01:35 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Australia is so like where I live, and I love it there.  (Especially the men) trust me!  Anyway, loved your poem Alison, is this for a challenge, and if so what one?

You caught the beauty of her well by the way.  

        

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Took you long enough! (and it was well worth waiting for )

Ya done good, Alison. I'll forgive the questionable rhymes in lieu of the brilliant way you created the poem. Two ends of the world...the similarities and the differences. Your exploration of Austrailia and it's regions and customs is just what I was looking for. Congrats on a job well done. Take the rest of the day off!

Roniece....just whistle
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When it’s daytime in Alaska, Australia has its night
Our Christmas is dark and cold; theirs is filled with hot sunlight
We say they are “Down Under” as if buried deep underground
I wonder if “Up Over” is where they think Alaska’s found

The Arctic and the Outback offer adventure to most all
Their rugged lands meet horizons and mountains appear quite small
Indigenous people subsist there, still tied to their homelands
They hold tight to their unique cultures that most won’t understand

Whether fishing for dugong or seeking whales in stormy seas
Aborigines and Eskimo hunt foods for their family’s needs
They work to preserve their cultures and keep the older ways
Advances make it harder to keep modern changes at bay.  

The North Pole and the South Pole are bookends of the earth
Between them there are cities like Fairbanks and like Perth
Australia and Alaska's lands are open, wild spaces
Which is only one attribute that's shared by both these places

The Southern Cross and North Star above shine in the sky
And point the way to the Poles to those whose eyes look high
Australia and Alaska top the world from end-to-end
They share a frontier spirit and are known for making friends

“Up Over” or “Down Under” doesn’t really matter much at all
They are a world of difference, but the difference is truly small.

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Alison
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5 posted 11-30-2008 07:48 PM       View Profile for Alison   Email Alison   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alison

Hey, Balladeer, thank you for waiting so patiently and not giving up on me.

I changed some of the rhymes that were 'Iffy' -



Thank you again,
Alison
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6 posted 04-09-2011 09:11 PM       View Profile for Alison   Email Alison   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alison

You know, I didn't think I liked this poem until today.  I like it.  Thank you for this assignment.

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My pleasure, Alison. The concept of the poem is masterful..Austrailia and Alaska - bookends..the similarities. It's a wonderful concept. Right now it's a very good poem. With the right rhythm and syllable counts it would be a GREAT one.
 
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