A glossary for the poems of John O’Brien

This glossary has been compiled as an aid to readers of the poetry of John O’Brien. There are many older words and phrases in his poems, including quite a few of Irish origin, which may be unfamiliar to many readers. Some explanations have been taken from the books of John O’Brien [these are given in […]

Come, Sing Australian Songs to Me! [poem by John O’Brien]

[Editor: This poem by John O’Brien was published in Around the Boree Log and Other Verses, 1921.] Come, Sing Australian Songs to Me! Come, Little One, and sing to me A song our big wide land to bless, Around whose gentle parent-knee We’ve twined the flowers of kindliness. Your eyes are clear Australian blue, Your […]

Could I Hear the Kookaburras Once Again [poem by John O’Brien]

[Editor: This poem by John O’Brien was published in Around the Boree Log and Other Verses, 1921.] Could I Hear the Kookaburras Once Again May a fading fancy hover round a gladness that is over? May a dreamer in the silence rake the ashes of the past? So a spirit might awaken in the best […]

Making Home [poem by John O’Brien]

[Editor: This poem by John O’Brien was published in Around the Boree Log and Other Verses, 1921.] Making Home No, you don’t quite get the meaning when the fun is at its height With the neighbours at the breakfast, and the world is warm and bright; And it doesn’t come upon you when you’re driving […]

Honeymooning from the Country [poem by John O’Brien]

[Editor: This poem by John O’Brien was published in Around the Boree Log and Other Verses, 1921.] Honeymooning from the Country To the rooms where I am dining in the glaring city’s day Come the happy honeymooners from the country far away, Two days old, and very awkward as they wander straight ahead, Much too […]