The Bridge Across the Crick [poem by C. J. Dennis]

[Editor: This poem by C. J. Dennis was published in Backblock Ballads and Other Verses (1913) and Backblock Ballads and Later Verses (1918).] The Bridge Across the Crick Joseph Jones and Peter Dawking Strove in an election fight; And you’d think, to hear them talking, Each upheld the people’s right. Each declared he stood for […]

The Little Homes [poem by C. J. Dennis]

[Editor: This poem by C. J. Dennis was published in Backblock Ballads and Later Verses (1918).] The Little Homes We have heard the cheering, brothers, We have heard the martial peal; We have seen the soldiers marching And the glint of sun on steel. We have heard the songs, the shouting; But, while forth the […]

The March [poem by C. J. Dennis]

[Editor: This poem by C. J. Dennis was published in Backblock Ballads and Other Verses (1913) and Backblock Ballads and Later Verses (1918).] The March In early, prehistoric days, before the reign of Man, When neolithic Nature fashioned things upon a plan That was large as it was rugged, and, in truth, a trifle crude, […]

Work or Reflection [poem by C. J. Dennis]

[Editor: This poem by C. J. Dennis was published in Backblock Ballads and Later Verses (1918).] Work or Reflection Now, I always have preserved a certain attitude Quite definite in reference to Work — (’Tis futility concealing That I have the Weary Feeling And tendency perennial to shirk) — Still, I always strive to recognise […]

The Philistine [poem by C. J. Dennis]

[Editor: This poem by C. J. Dennis was published in Backblock Ballads and Later Verses (1918).] The Philistine Smith is a very stupid man; He lives next door to me; He has no settled scheme or plan Of domesticity. He does not own a gramophone, Nor rush for morning trains; His garden paths are overgrown, […]