A Little Bush Fairy

A little bush fairy on the Christmas tree!
Tho' not like the fairies you usually see,
For she wears not a gauzy gossamer gown
but gumnut blossoms drifting down.

And there on top of her pine tree tower
she waves a wand of flannel flower.
Flittering and fluttering her eucalyptus wings
'Neath a halo of golden wattle rings.

What other fairy would be so blessed
Or be, by nature, flora dressed?
What other fairy would look so sweet
With bottle brushes on her feet?

At Christmas she comes come-what-may
Tho' not to those lands far away,
For only in Australia will you ever see
A little bush fairy on the Christmas tree!

I found this nice Australian poem in our local newspaper, no composer or dates were shown.
  • Flannel Flower - an Australian bush flower.
  • Eucalyptus - the main variety of gum tree
  • Golden Wattle - Australia's floral emblem is the Golden Wattle tree
  • Bottle Brush - A plant bearing cylindrical, brush like flowers (usually red or yellow) resembling a traditional bottle brush