The Yellow Robin [poem by C. J. Dennis]

[Editor: This poem by C. J. Dennis was published in The Singing Garden (1935).] The Yellow Robin I’m the friendliest of them all, When winter comes; Daily at your door I call Begging crumbs. Clinging sideways to a stake, Eloquent appeal I make. “Spare a scrap for pity’s sake! This cold air numbs.” I will […]

The Crow (Australian Raven) [poem by C. J. Dennis]

[Editor: This poem by C. J. Dennis was published in The Singing Garden (1935).] The Crow (Australian Raven) A low-living fellow, I haven’t a friend; My heart, like my habit, is black; My nature is “yellow”; my greed has no end, And every virtue I lack. The aerial gangster, the bird racketeer Wherever I go […]

The Bronzewing Pigeon [poem by C. J. Dennis]

[Editor: This poem by C. J. Dennis was published in The Singing Garden (1935).] The Bronzewing Pigeon They say I am a shy, wild thing, That seeks the wild bush glade, Quick to be gone on whirring wing, Where strangers should invade; But well I know what all birds know — The voice of friend, […]

The Satin Bower Bird [poem by C. J. Dennis]

[Editor: This poem by C. J. Dennis was published in The Singing Garden (1935).] The Satin Bower Bird Spare a bloom of blue, lady, To adorn a bower. A violet will do, lady — Any azure flower. Since we hold a dance to-day, We would make our ball-room gay, Where the scented grasses sway, And […]

The Black Cockatoo [poem by C. J. Dennis]

[Editor: This poem by C. J. Dennis was published in The Singing Garden (1935).] The Black Cockatoo In laboured flight above the gums, Calling its harsh, discordant cry, Our dark, funereal cortège comes To rest a while in tree tops high; Then, flashing many a sable coat, With heavy flappings, on we float To some […]