Muslims find their new home in Australia,

Australia finds its new home as the Tasmania

of Asia. Old empires withdraw away,

new ones come, for their allotted time, to stay.

The old empire was English speaking, fraternal,

the new grouping has other traditions, not hostile,

but different; it will be our new encompassing reality.

Australia is ready, it is integrated there economically,

it is well educated, with strong civic institutions,

but its soul is starting to suffer, unhelped by substitutions

for its sense of the more deeply spiritual gone.

Surely those who have abandoned themselves to God

know that He has not forsaken

us; they have felt his support.

There are a hundred ways that can be reported,

but best, delicately intimated.

Then the Tasmania at the bottom of Asia

will be a reservoir of spiritual power.

Reg Naulty