Maverick Nation by Robert Wainwright

A poem from author of The Maverick Mountaineer to celebrate Australia Day

The Maverick Mountaineer: The Remarkable Life of George Ingle Finch: Climber, Scientist, Inventor

On a wish and a wave

you sent us,

the dross, the stealers ‘n all;

A purge of the worst,

the sentenced, the cursed,

Off to the fringe of the world.

On a wish and a wave

you sent us,

the poor, the desperate ‘n all;

New world and new life,

migrants from strife,

Free at the fringe of the world.

On a wish and a wave

you called us,

Aussies, mavericks ‘n all;

From land most sublime,

new mountains to climb,

Now to the top of the world.

Happy Australia Day from everyone at Australia’s leading independent publisher, Allen & Unwin.

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