Green Singer [poem by John Shaw Neilson]

[Editor: This poem by John Shaw Neilson was published in Heart of Spring (1919) and Collected Poems of John Shaw Neilson (1934).]

Green Singer

All singers have shadows
that follow like fears,
But I know a singer
who never saw tears:
A gay love — a green love —
delightsome! divine!
The Spring is that singer —
an old love of mine!

All players have shadows
and into the play
Old sorrows will saunter —
old sorrows will stay.
But here is a player
whose speech is divine!
The Spring is that player —
an old love of mine!

All singers grow heavy:
the hours as they run
Bite up all the blossoms,
suck up all the sun.
But I know a singer,
delightsome! divine!
The gay love — the green love —
an old love of mine!



Source:
Shaw Neilson, Heart of Spring, Sydney: The Bookfellow, 1919, page 2

Also published in:
John Shaw Neilson (editor: R. H. Croll), Collected Poems of John Shaw Neilson, Melbourne: Lothian Publishing Company, 1934 [May 1949 reprint], page 2

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