The Pearl of Torres [by Louis Esson, 18 July 1918]

[Editor: A short story by Louis Esson. Published in Adventure (New York), 18 July 1918.] The Pearl of Torres by Louis Esson When Ted Jarrett, of New York City, drifted into the picturesque pearling village by Torres Straits, the monotony of life had just been relieved by a little shooting affair. The chief actor was […]

Invitation [poem by Louis Esson]

[Editor: This poem by Louis Esson was published in Red Gums and Other Verses (1912).] Invitation. To a Poet in Town. The Gum-trees look at town, and say: “When, Brother, will you come this way?” The River croons her Vesper-song: “Our Lover, will he now be long?” A Magpie gurgles: “Tramp, you rogue, The track […]

A Street Fiddler [poem by Louis Esson]

[Editor: This poem by Louis Esson was published in Red Gums and Other Verses (1912).] A Street Fiddler. I play my fiddle. Men pass by Or stare at me with glances cold. I give them joy of earth and sky, And they grow young, as I grow old. Hope, idleness, and sunny skies, These are […]

Vagabond [poem by Louis Esson]

[Editor: This poem by Louis Esson was published in Red Gums and Other Verses (1912).] Vagabond. What is the life for a man Since ever time began, But to break away Till breath be done At the end o’ day; To love the sun, And to laugh at the fun, The fun o’ the fair, […]

A Bullock-Driver’s Song [song by Louis Esson]

[Editor: This song by Louis Esson was published in Red Gums and Other Verses (1912).] A Bullock-Driver’s Song. Gerrout! Yer gives er man the drought Callin’ yer, an’ haulin’ yer In the crick an’ out. * * * Mud an’ slush an’ slime! Yer Hindu calves, it’s time Ter pull ther lovely log Outer this […]