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Poem – Three Lost Children of Daylesford

May 9, 2017

This poem about Three Lost Children of Daylesford  was written in 1867. The author is unknown. The poem was donated to the Daylesford Historical Society in 1979

When I first came they welcomed me- the ghosts and spirits past

I did my best to comfort them to tell their story true

They thought they’d found a spirit free to rescue them at last

But as the years crept slowly by and no one heard their wanton cries

The spirits said ‘Enough’

‘Let them believe the lies and leave the legend as it is’

The truth it hurts too much

But slowly people on this side began to ask the question why

And people of today came by; saw the hollows past the trees

In a story turned as legend grew the spirits feared the worst

‘It’s time’ they said ‘to close the door we don’t want the truth be known

The safety of the legend long will keep our secrets safe and gone’

So they all joined force together as they did so long ago

And the spirits of our bushland closed once more the door

Where once three boys were placed in a birth tree standing tall

To give them another chance to live, a chance to grow- to live again

Only a wisp of truth was left the rest was on the wind

But now the spirits turn from me- embrace a new spirit turned free

For she has turned the legend back to keep the truth again in check

The spirits of the bush cloak over sleeping boys once more

The space where once stood a mighty tree

 To wait their new rebirth.

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One Comment
  1. both sad and beautiful.

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