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Wide deserts of my land reflect my brain:   
both team with busy opportunist ants, 
reacting blindly to the daily strain 
of coping with our world's inhabitants. 
Pervading all. Australia's grand design 
is enigmatic, timeless passive, rest; 
while human genius battles mobs malign 
for triumph of the universal best. 
This red, expansive wilderness of sand; 
this sempiternal order of the skies, 
provokes, by contrast, thinking to expand: 
enables truth to shine amongst dark lies. 

It's here, in deserts, that we truly know 
how far we've come: how far we have to go.    
[from the Desert of my Heart and Mind by F.J.A.Pockley - 1912-1990]