Greeting [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).]

Greeting

Fill up! fill up! to-day we meet:
What of the wind? Who knows the weather?
Shall we be old men in the street?
(Fill up! fill up! — to-day we meet!)
We, who have found the eager feet
That kindly God is loth to tether.
Fill up! fill up! to-day we meet!
What of the wind? Who knows the weather?



Source:
Shaw Neilson, Heart of Spring, Sydney: The Bookfellow, 1919, page 7

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 7

Editor’s notes:
loth = reluctant or unwilling; a variant spelling of “loath” (as distinct from “loathe”, being to detest or hate)

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