Reclaiming a Home in Bunyah

—Sunil Sharma

Les Murray returns from Sydney

To reclaim a personal heritage –

His childhood home

Full of memories of

Time spent on

A dairy farm;

Of a woodcutter father

Working hard there,

Mother who died,

And a feud silent

Between a grandfather

And a dad,

Unable to forget and forgive,

The trees full of white ants,

That killed one of the siblings.

The promised farm never materialized,

And his dad went back to the tree-cutting,

In order to survive;

The return from Sydney

Was reclaiming his regional

Australian roots,

And finding again there

The continent’s true face!

Among the aboriginals, farmers and authors,

The great Murray,

The Bard of Australia,

Discovered the Soul of his

Culture that was missing

In the glittering cities.

Urban centers are

Alike these days

Everywhere but the way

Farmers in rural Australia

Work hard against the odds,

Gets mirrored in poets and writers,

And like aboriginals,

These communities carry nature

Within their selves as sacred,

And that act of getting connected

With nature in a sublime way,

Makes Murray the great voice,


Coming down from

Outback/ steppes/deserts

You hear often,

On lonely nights,

On the desolate highways,

Echoing loudly –

In the fevered,





Minds and hearts.

(A literary tribute to the iconic poet, now no more)

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About Sunil Sharma

Sunil Sharma is Mumbai-based senior academic, critic, literary editor and author with 22 published books: Seven collections of poetry; three of short fiction; one novel; a critical study of the novel, and, eight joint anthologies on prose, poetry and criticism, and, one joint poetry collection. He is a recipient of the UK-based Destiny Poets’ inaugural Poet of the Year award---2012. His poems were published in the prestigious UN project: Happiness: The Delight-Tree: An Anthology of Contemporary International Poetry, in the year 2015. Sunil edits the English section of the monthly bilingual journal Setu published from Pittsburgh, USA: For more details, please visit the website:

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