The Bridge of Sighs [poem by Kenneth Mackay]

[Editor: This poem by Kenneth Mackay was published in Stirrup Jingles from the Bush and the Turf and Other Rhymes (1887).] The Bridge of Sighs. Along the bridge the people pass; The river, like dark gloomy Styx, A stream in which each sex and class Who cross must mix. Sin brushes with her tainted skirt […]

Kendall [poem by Kenneth Mackay]

[Editor: This poem by Kenneth Mackay was published in Stirrup Jingles from the Bush and the Turf and Other Rhymes (1887). It was written in memory of the poet Henry Kendall, who died in 1882.] Kendall. Mourn, O sea, that he is dead! Clouds your tears above him shed! Wandering wild-bird sing his story To […]

The Old Actor — A Memory [poem by Kenneth Mackay]

[Editor: This poem by Kenneth Mackay was published in Stirrup Jingles from the Bush and the Turf and Other Rhymes (1887).] The Old Actor — A Memory. ’Tis years ago, and memories have grown dim, For fled the lights that lit them to the mind: Alas! I’ve heard each soul’s expiring hymn, All gone before, […]

Motherhood [poem by Kenneth Mackay]

[Editor: This poem by Kenneth Mackay was published in Stirrup Jingles from the Bush and the Turf and Other Rhymes (1887).] Motherhood. Two cherubs lie in happy sleep Within the hollow of a tree. Above, the May leaves lazy sweep; Low hums the bee. A couch of snowy feathers theirs, In silvan shadows sweetly set; […]

The Spirits of the Dead [poem by Kenneth Mackay]

[Editor: This poem by Kenneth Mackay was published in Stirrup Jingles from the Bush and the Turf and Other Rhymes (1887).] The Spirits of the Dead. Sitting lonely in the silence, come the phantoms of the past, And across my heated fancy are their shadows swiftly cast, Till the ghosts of buried mem’ries in the […]