Australia: Land of Colored Tapestry – Poetry by Douglas J. Lanzo

Eugene von Guerard – Fall of the First Creek, near Glen Osmond, South Australia

From ochre-red desert
to cerulean sea
Australia’s vast landscape
weaves bright-hued tapestry;

From silver-green tree tops
to flaxen outback bush
where thorny devils wait
for stray ants to ambush;

From steely gray waters
full of worms and crayfish
where platypus paddle
for a freshwater dish,
to churning white thunder
dropped from sandstone plateaus
by emerald forests
overlooking rainbows;

From rich magenta coral
housed in translucent reefs
where anemone reign
across vast purple reefs,
to black basalt beaches
stalked by dingoes at dawn
for beached turtles and whales
that from deep sea were drawn;

From verdant savannah
where brown wallabies graze
to dry-season outback
when mint eucalypt blaze;

No matter what backdrop
or paint palette you seek
Australia’s pageantry
offers wonders unique.


About the Poet

An award-winning and featured poet published in Vita Brevis Press’ 2021 best-selling anthology, Brought to Sight & Swept Away, since 2020 Doug’ poetry has found homes in 33 literary publications across the U.S., Canada, England, Wales, Austria, Mauritius, Australia and The Caribbean.  Doug resides in Chevy Chase, Maryland with his wife and 12-year old identical twin boys, fellow published poets, enjoying nature, traveling, biking, tennis and chess.

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