The Silver-eye [poem by C. J. Dennis]

[Editor: This poem by C. J. Dennis was published in The Singing Garden (1935).]

The Silver-eye

Down among the strawberries,
Up among the plums,
Cheeping in the cherry-tree
When early autumn comes,
In our silver spectacles
And sober olive suits.
We’re very, very innocent;
We wouldn’t touch your fruits.

Well, maybe just a speckled one,
A windfall here and there.
But raid your precious strawberries?
Oh no, we wouldn’t dare.
Behold our bland astonishment,
The charge is quite absurd!
It must have been a parrot
Or some other kind of bird.

It must have been a satin bird;
It must have been a crow.
It couldn’t possibly be us;
We are so meek, you know,
With our silver spectacles.
The accusation’s vile!
How can you deem us guilty
When we’re whistling all the while?

Well, if you’ve caught us in the act
There’s no more to be said.
The plums are blue and succulent,
The strawberries are red.
And who’d refuse a dainty dish
When early autumn comes?
Oh, write a rhyme about us, man,
And pay for all your plums.



Source:
C. J. Dennis, The Singing Garden, Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1935, pages 123-124

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