I love the red earth
The red rock
This sunburned country

It touches my soul

I love the spinifex
And wallabies
The emu and kangaroo

I love the people
Ancient and new
Hardened by the land

Softened by their humanity

This land sings
Like the Dreamtime ancestors
Who sang the land into being

It sings to me

A serenade
A seduction
An open invitation

I wonder
Will I heed the call
A third time

Or have I journeyed there
Already a third time
The first in some distant past

In another life
On this land which seems
So sweetly familiar

(Ayer’s Rock)
Northern Territory, Australia

Taken during travels, 1994