The Currawong [poem by C. J. Dennis]

[Editor: This poem by C. J. Dennis was published in The Singing Garden (1935).] The Currawong I am the cunning one. My shrewd white eye, Peeping from out some hidden harbour green, Watches your household. Patiently I spy Until I learn by heart its whole routine. Myself unseen. I witness, with sagacity profound, Comings and […]

The Blue Wren [poem by C. J. Dennis]

[Editor: This poem by C. J. Dennis was published in The Singing Garden (1935).] The Blue Wren When the Mighty Craftsman drew Summer sky and summer sea — Tints ethereally blue — Here and there a small drop flew From His brush, and fell on me. Once a sober bird of brown; Now, with my […]

The besting of Bombastes [story by C. J. Dennis]

[Editor: This story by C. J. Dennis was published in The Singing Garden (1935).] The besting of Bombastes On the day that he brought himself first (and very confidently) under our notice we named him “Bombastes Furioso,” without hesitation, for it seemed to us that no other could suit him one half so well; because […]

The Tree [poem by C. J. Dennis]

[Editor: This poem by C. J. Dennis was published in The Singing Garden (1935).] The Tree I planted here, to-day, a strong young tree. Rich soil it has, and sun, and space to grow; And who, I wonder, in the years to be Will seek its boughs’ soft shade; for well I know Long ere […]

Birdland on the dole [story by C. J. Dennis]

[Editor: This story by C. J. Dennis was published in The Singing Garden (1935).] Birdland on the dole The weather-wise up here in the mountain country amongst the big gums are talking of records. Even the oldest inhabitant admits that “he has never seen the likes before.” “Thirty-three frosts,” he says, “since May the first, […]