Leon Gellert


There’s a lonely stretch of hillocks:
There’s a beach asleep and drear:
There’s a battered broken fort beside the sea.
There are sunken trampled graves:
And a little rotting pier:
And winding paths that wind unceasingly.
There’s a torn and silent valley:
There’s a tiny rivulet
With some blood upon the stones beside its mouth.
There are lines of buried bones:
There’s an unpaid waiting debt:
There’s a sound of gentle sobbing in the South.

This is the Aussie poem that was read at 1000hrs service Westminster Abbey on ANZAC Day 2004, by Dr Geoff Gallop MLA, Premier of Western Australia

Anzac Cove - Gallipoli, Turkey
Anzac Cove - Gallipoli, Turkey