To the Jam from the Land of the Southern Cross [poem by “Dryblower” Murphy, 26 May 1901]

[Editor: An untitled poem printed in “Dryblower” Murphy’s “Verse and Worse” column. Published in The West Australian Sunday Times, 26 May 1901.] [To the Jam from the Land of the Southern Cross] S. Africa cable:— “London, May 22. — “The War Office has purchased 1,678 tons of Australian jam for South Africa.” To the jam […]

The Awakening [poem by “Dryblower” Murphy, 26 May 1901]

[Editor: A poem by “Dryblower” Murphy. Published in The West Australian Sunday Times, 26 May 1901.] The Awakening. By Dryblower. Last week the “Morning Herald” moaned and maundered through a whole sub-leader in an obvious, but weak-kneed attempt to puff the Arnold Theatrical Co., which, through a delay in the arrival of the Orizaba, missed […]

The Penalty [poem by “Dryblower” Murphy, 26 May 1901]

[Editor: A poem by “Dryblower” Murphy. Published in The West Australian Sunday Times, 26 May 1901.] The Penalty. By Dryblower. There are mothers and sisters weeping low in cottage and stately hall, The widow’s piteous sobs are heard for the dead on the lonely vaal; And still the vulture wings and wheels with an ever […]

Teach ’Em To Shoot [poem by “Dryblower” Murphy, 1926]

[Editor: This poem by “Dryblower” Murphy was published in Dryblower’s Verses (1926).] Teach ’Em To Shoot. When you’ve done with your frivol and fooling, Your parlor diversions and games; When your stripling has come from his schooling, Swell-headed with figures and names. Before he’s enrolled ’neath the banner Of calling, profession or trade, Before he’s […]

Shicker, I S’pose [poem by “Dryblower” Murphy, 1926]

[Editor: This poem by “Dryblower” Murphy was published in Dryblower’s Verses (1926).] Shicker, I S’pose. I’m writing this rhyme on an East-bound ship (The pilot will bear it back); I’m taking a once-in-seven years’ trip, And in seven days’ time the Queenscliff Rip Will punch this passenger smack. For a month, maybe, my pen will […]