St Margaret's News October 2015 - Page 7

That hill, that house Mesmeric sounds of the didgeridoo Bring haunting images of this wide land Soaring sounds of young voices Bring visions for the future Music and lyrics echo a country’s soul Images and words paint a city’s story Aplomb and grace of a young compere Vibrancy and enthusiasm of tap dancing masters. Memories of a new migrant Over forty years ago Of a first stroll to the top of a hill Of gum trees, cold wind and a ceremonial stone In the middle of trees and a small city. The centre of that new city The centre of a nation Crowned now with a nation’s house A unifying vibrant place For a diverse and vibrant people Canberra and its house of the hill.  Ed (Stepping Stones Storytelling Circle) [written after attending the 20th birthday Parliament House celebrations] Our Uniting Church Presbytery shared its support for refugees at the rally in Garema Place on 11 October. It was just one of many church, university, union and community groups participating, along with huge numbers of individuals. Photo by Brian Rope St Margaret’s News 7 October 2015