Free me as free are the birds of the wilds, the wanderers of unseen paths.
Free me as free are the deluge of rain, and the storm that shakes its locks
and rushes on to its unknown end.
Free me as free is the forest fire, as is the thunder that laughs aloud and
hurls defiance to darkness.
Rabindranath Tagore, CROSSING
Stray birds of summer come to my window to sing and fly away.
And yellow leaves of autumn, which have no songs, flutter and fall there
with a sigh.
Rabindranath Tagore, STRAY BIRDS
But my all time favourite (although not a poem) -
I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment while I was hoeing
in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that
circumstance than I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn.²
Henry David Thoreau.
Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow B.A. Grad.Dip.Arts
1/7 Songlark Street, Bakewell NT 0832, AUSTRALIA
Ph. 61 08 89 328306
Mobile: 04 386 50 835
Birdwatching and Indigenous tourism consultant
PhD Candidate (Southern Cross University, NSW)
Interpreter/transcriber, Lonely Planet Guide to Aboriginal Australia
Vice-chair, Wildlife Tourism Australia
For copies of Birds of Australia¹s Top End or Quiet Snake Dreaming, visit
"The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him
to hold in higher regard those who think alike
than those who think differently."
on 14/12/11 12:35 PM, Brian Hawkins at wrote:
> G'day all,
> I am running a couple of walks, dealing with poetry about birds, at the
> upcoming Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival
> (http://bellingenwritersfestival.com.au/). I have many poems already, but
> there must be thousands of good bird poems that I don't know about. So I was
> What are your favourite bird poems?
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