Planet Man
Jim Macnamara

Before voices
startled pigeons,
catapulting from their nests
into the brittle morning.
Before church bells
called men to pray
for peace and brotherhood.
Before the scarred escarpment.
Before Man
came to tame
and spread his Christian message
among this gentile valley.
The morning sun rose
and kissed the mountains;
the wind caressed the trees;
Robins sang love songs;
and swallows etched their ballet
into the sky, applauded
by the gurgling stream.
And daffodils danced on Willow Bend.

 * This poem was published in The Canberra Times in 1976.


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