'At Cooloola' by Judith Wright? poetry read online?

does anyone know where i can find an online text of the poem 'At Cooloola' by Judith Wright?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    I searched the internet and couldn't find it - maybe run to the library and use a xerox? Hope you find it.

  • 4 years ago

    Judith Wright Poet

  • 4 years ago

    Judith Wright Poems

  • 7 years ago

    At Cooloola

    The blue crane fishing in Cooloola’s twilight

    has fished there longer than our centuries.

    He is the certain heir of lake and evening,

    and he will wear their colour till he dies,

    but I’m a stranger, come of a conquering people.

    I cannot share his calm, who watch his lake,

    being unloved by all my eyes delight in,

    and made uneasy, for an old murderer’s sake.

    Those dark skinned people who once named Cooloola

    knew that no land is lost or won by wars,

    for earth is spirit: the invader’s feet will tangle

    in nets there and his blood be thinned by fears.

    Riding at noon and ninety years ago,

    My grandfather was beckoned by a ghost-

    a black accoutred warrior armed for fighting,

    who sank into bare plain, as now into time past.

    White shores of sand, plumed reed and paperbark,

    clear heavenly levels frequented by crane and swan-

    I know that we are justified only by love,

    but oppressed by arrogant guilt, have room for none.

    And walking on clean sand among the prints

    of bird and animal, I am challenged by a driftwood spear

    thrust from the water; and, like my grandfather,

    must quiet a heart accused by its own fear.

    Source(s): Poetry Book
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