Some of Life’s Joys [poem by L. E. Homfray, 31 May 1934]

[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.


The Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney, NSW), 31 May 1934, p. 24 of the “Women’s Supplement”

Editor’s notes:
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)

Vernacular spelling in the original text:
stirr’d (stirred)

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