|Ghost Gum, Mount Sonder, MacDonnell Ranges 1953 by Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira. Photograph: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2010.|
“Australia's totemic 'ghost gum' trees burnt in suspected arson. Two trees made famous in Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira's watercolours were due to be placed in national heritage register. “--The Guardian, 4 January 2013.
A didgeridoo weeps
in Albert Namatjira's grave
Evilly, a fire
Australian desert coloured in ash
twin ghost gums
Martha Landman is a South African-born Australian poet residing in tropical North Queensland. She has published on- and off-line.