Wednesday, 25 January 2017

A Welcome at Carrick Hill

Beware of Snakes! at Carrick Hill,
In the tended grounds of stately home
Though roses reflect a woman’s love
Raw nature lurks beneath a stone…

From Stafford the oak staircase came
Ornate, in Jacobean style
Shipped out, and given a new name;
Known as Australia’s oldest “pile”.

Statues and fountains in lush grounds
Flagstone path - outstanding views
In the Thirties one traipsed in long gowns
Now modern Aussies form long queues

As breakfast on this day is served
To new citizens while volunteers
Receive awards so well deserved
In humid heat where mist soon clears.

It’s the Lucky Country well enough
Where many nations merge as one
The Mayor does the formal stuff
Then it’s “Eat and drink and let’s have fun!”

(c) Poet in the woods 2017

On Australia Day (26th Jan) New Citizens ceremony





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