[Editor: This poem by Una Shaw was published in The Australian Woman’s Mirror (Sydney, NSW), 21 July 1931.]
[For the Mirror.]
Underneath the azure skies
Sleepeth one with bluer eyes.
He sleeps sound and takes his rest,
Though the land with may is dressed.
His eyes are heavy with great sleep,
And his rest is full and deep.
Not a bird can sing to him
In that land of shadows dim.
Not a flower can lift its head
In the place where he lies dead.
Not his love can make him stir
In his sleep and dream of her.
The Australian Woman’s Mirror (Sydney, NSW), 21 July 1931, p. 16 (column 1)
The text of this poem was printed in italics in the original publication.
azure = the blue of a clear unclouded sky
may = green or flowering branches (especially branches or blossoms of hawthorn), such as can be used for May Day decorations; someone’s bloom or prime time of life; (capitalised) May, the fifth month of the year (the name of the month is derived from Maia, a goddess of Greek and Roman mythology)
sleepeth = (archaic) sleeps