Waltzing Matilda

Kathy Pippig Harris
 


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Waltzing Matilda

That beautiful song was Australia to me
before “Crocodile Hunter" aired on TV

He was crazy, brash, exuberant and fun
I never saw another do what he'd done

A pioneer in his field, a man with fight
he brought a gorgeous Australia to sight

So full of dedication, enthusiasm and grit
for the sanctity of wildlife-his passion was lit

For the land and the animals his purpose was filled
yet I think too soon his bright, helping spirit was stilled

He cried for that which moved him and all that he loved
for the critters, his family on earth and his mother above

When I think of his passing I can scarce breathe
while I pray for his loved ones, as the world grieves

As tears fill my eyes so that I can not see
would someone play “Waltzing Matilda" for me


. . . Thank you Steve Irwin, and family. . .

~*~

Copyright 2006 Kathy Pippig Harris


Dedicated to Steve Irwin, the “Crocodile Lover" and, in my opinion, the spokesperson for Australia's wildlife and land. Steve Irwin opened the doors for televised programs about nature and wildlife, lived and seen up close. I had never seen a program like his before. When I think of Australia, I now think of the song “Waltzing Matilda" and Steve Irwin, his family, and his friends-who brought Australia to life for many people, worldwide.

Thank you, mate!

Kathy lives in Central California's San Joaquin Valley with her husband and furry family. She is a weekly columnist for the publication “Frank Talk" and a published author of five novels. She states, “Were it not for her need, desire, and love of writing - she would surely go mad!"

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