Golden Fugitive [poem by John Shaw Neilson]

[Editor: This poem by John Shaw Neilson was published in Beauty Imposes: Some Recent Verse (1938).] Golden Fugitive To a departing Smoker Parrot Moonlight and sunrise ran about your wing, Lightning and sundown, every joy in yellow Came for your raiment and your comforting, Oh, most victorious fellow. Beauty was yours, all beauty folly fed, […]

The Time of Tumult [poem by John Shaw Neilson]

[Editor: This poem by John Shaw Neilson was published in Beauty Imposes: Some Recent Verse (1938).] The Time of Tumult Joy in the wilderness, joy in the mart: A mystery beats in at every door; The tender thoughts assail the tender heart; In the undimmed the little rivers roar; The gaudy flowers amaze us more […]

The Long Week-end [poem by John Shaw Neilson]

[Editor: This poem by John Shaw Neilson was published in Beauty Imposes: Some Recent Verse (1938).] The Long Week-end Beauty she fought for, she had need to spend; The foreman that she feared in all her woes Leaves not a cloud. How fortunate she goes Upon the long week-end! Can we forgive her that she […]

Uncle to a Pirate [poem by John Shaw Neilson]

[Editor: This poem by John Shaw Neilson was published in Beauty Imposes: Some Recent Verse (1938).] Uncle to a Pirate Often at eventide we go To a tempestuous picture-show. Gently I hold his heedless hand In that preposterous Wonderland. Pistols we see and big blue knives, Bad men in trouble with their wives; Burglars intruding; […]

The Vine that is a Friend [poem by John Shaw Neilson]

[Editor: This poem by John Shaw Neilson was published in Beauty Imposes: Some Recent Verse (1938).] The Vine that is a Friend Arthur is old, and being overwise, He will not cease to taunt me night and day: He does my water-drinking much despise. He is monotonous and will complain: “Meanness”, he says, “will sere […]