The Gentle Water Bird [poem by John Shaw Neilson]

[Editor: This poem by John Shaw Neilson was published in Collected Poems of John Shaw Neilson (1934).] The Gentle Water Bird (For Mary Gilmore) In the far days, when every day was long, Fear was upon me and the fear was strong, Ere I had learned the recompense of song. In the dim days I […]

The Ballad of Remembrance [poem by John Shaw Neilson]

[Editor: This poem by John Shaw Neilson was published in Collected Poems of John Shaw Neilson (1934).] The Ballad of Remembrance I met a man out Bathurst way in the middle of the year, He had an honest, kindly face and eyes without a fear; A pleasant man to look upon and a pleasant man […]

Song for a Honeymoon [poem by John Shaw Neilson]

[Editor: This poem by John Shaw Neilson was published in Collected Poems of John Shaw Neilson (1934).] Song for a Honeymoon The bells have bidden me speak my heart; and the glistening pair I know Have both defied me to fashion a song to quicken them into the glow; Have both defied me to beckon […]

The Bard and the Lizard [poem by John Shaw Neilson]

[Editor: This poem by John Shaw Neilson was published in Collected Poems of John Shaw Neilson (1934).] The Bard and the Lizard The lizard leans in to October, He walks on the yellow and green, The world is awake and unsober, It knows where the lovers have been: The wind, like a violoncello, Comes up […]

The Winter Sundown [poem by John Shaw Neilson]

[Editor: This poem by John Shaw Neilson was published in Collected Poems of John Shaw Neilson (1934).] The Winter Sundown They falter, they stay not To your eyes and mine, The boatmen in violet On bays of wine. Calm without sorrow, The peace without prayer: All fear is folly in That country out there. Many […]