[Editor: This poem by L. E. Homfray was published in The Sydney Morning Herald, 31 May 1934.]
Some of Life’s Joys.
A shower of rain on the sun-scorched land,
The roar of surf, as it greets the sand,
A joyous song of some sweet-voiced bird,
The flutter of leaves by soft winds stirr’d.
A quiet spot in some cosy nook,
An hour to spare, and a favourite book,
The clinging touch of a baby’s hands,
A smile from a friend who understands.
A homely kitchen, with curtains gay,
And saucepans shining in bright array,
Hot buttered scones, and a cup of tea,
Are some of the joys of life for me.
L. E. HOMFRAY.
The Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney, NSW), 31 May 1934, p. 24 of the “Women’s Supplement”
gay = happy, joyous, carefree (may also mean well-decorated, bright, attractive) (in modern times it may especially refer to a homosexual, especially a male homosexual; may also refer to something which is no good, pathetic, useless)
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