The Poor, Poor Country [poem by John Shaw Neilson]

[Editor: This poem by John Shaw Neilson was published in Collected Poems of John Shaw Neilson (1934).] The Poor, Poor Country Oh ’twas a poor country, in Autumn it was bare, The only green was the cutting grass and the sheep found little there. Oh, the thin wheat and the brown oats were never two […]

The Soldier is Home [poem by John Shaw Neilson]

[Editor: This poem by John Shaw Neilson was published in Collected Poems of John Shaw Neilson (1934).] The Soldier is Home Weary is he, and sick of the sorrow of war, Hating the shriek of loud music, the beat of the drum; Is this the shadow called glory men sell themselves for? The pangs in […]

The Good Season [poem by John Shaw Neilson]

[Editor: This poem by John Shaw Neilson was published in Collected Poems of John Shaw Neilson (1934).] The Good Season The old mother talks, and her eyes will be dimming and dimming; It is the good season that comes up, and, “Oh!” she will say, “All summer the ducks do I see; they are swimming […]

The Whistling Jack [poem by John Shaw Neilson]

[Editor: This poem by John Shaw Neilson was published in Collected Poems of John Shaw Neilson (1934).] The Whistling Jack Not far above me in the boughs he sat, a solemn thing; On the grey limb in grey he sat, he did not move to sing: He was so dumb, he seemed to see no […]

The Stolen Lament [poem by John Shaw Neilson]

[Editor: This poem by John Shaw Neilson was published in Collected Poems of John Shaw Neilson (1934).] The Stolen Lament It has the seal of sorrow; it was born In lamentation where sweet women died And the red smoke came out upon the corn. Leave it in pity — it is sealed of woe — […]