The Never Never [poem by Louis Esson]

[Editor: This poem by Louis Esson was published in Red Gums and Other Verses (1912).] The Never Never. Beyond the shearing shed, the final station, Beyond the desert sands of desolation Where lost sundowners tramp; Beyond prospector’s tent, and track of drover, Or Myall’s boomerang, men still discover There is one further camp. * * […]

The Burnt Gully [poem by Louis Esson]

[Editor: This poem by Louis Esson was published in Red Gums and Other Verses (1912).] The Burnt Gully. The sky is blue, the air is bright, Leaves glint, and waters croon; It is a gully of delight A Summer’s afternoon. And where the track climbs up the hill With fern and myrtle clad, The insects […]

The Bazaar of Death [poem by Louis Esson]

[Editor: This poem by Louis Esson was published in Red Gums and Other Verses (1912).] The Bazaar of Death. (Chant Royal). Where Ganges rolls thro’ worlds of Circumstance, The Lotus, touched with Soma’s falling fire, Sleeps on the water’s jeweled radiance By Kasi’s temples, towers, and funeral pyre. Down the white steps from Siva’s Judgment-Seat […]

Progress [poem by Louis Esson]

[Editor: This poem by Louis Esson was published in Red Gums and Other Verses (1912).] Progress. Folk-song, temple, sacred trees, In the early world were these. Red brick chimneys, trade, machines, Man has learned what Progress means. Source: Louis Esson, Red Gums and Other Verses, Melbourne: Fraser & Jenkinson, 1912, page 23

The Monk and the Faun [poem by Louis Esson]

[Editor: This poem by Louis Esson was published in Red Gums and Other Verses (1912).] The Monk and the Faun. Clear tolled the urgent matin bell. Fra Angelo, with downward glance, Thrice crossed himself, and left the cell, All in the morning’s radiance, To grub the garden round the well. * * * With girdle […]