My Curate’s Motor-Bike [poem by John O’Brien, 1954]

[Editor: This poem by John O’Brien was published in The Parish of St Mel’s and Other Verses, 1954.] My Curate’s Motor-Bike Before the lad invested we had comfort here indeed; Our lives were as an open book, and he who ran might read; But now we live in other worlds, for since the motor came […]

The Road to Danahey’s [poem by John O’Brien, 1954]

[Editor: This poem by John O’Brien was published in The Parish of St Mel’s and Other Verses, 1954.] The Road to Danahey’s The rambling road to Danahey’s it goes by hill and plain, It wanders in among the trees and wanders out again. It does a lap around the map just as it feels inclined, […]

The Meeting [poem by John O’Brien, 1954]

[Editor: This poem by John O’Brien was published in The Parish of St Mel’s and Other Verses, 1954.] The Meeting They hadn’t met for fifty years, or was it fifty-one? They’d parted when their ship arrived their separate ways to run. The old Baptismal Register back home in County Clare Held both their names in […]

Where the Pelican Builds [poem by Mary Hannay Foott, 26 March 1881]

[Editor: A poem by Mary Hannay Foott. Published in The Australasian Sketcher, 26 March 1881.] Where the Pelican Builds By M. H. F. [The unexplored parts of Australia are sometimes spoken of by the bushmen of Western Queensland as the home of the pelican, a bird whose nesting-place, so far as the writer knows is […]

Wentworth [poem by Mary Hannay Foott, 10 May 1873]

[Editor: A poem by Mary Hannay Black (who later became Mary Hannay Foott). Published in The Australian Town and Country Journal 10 May 1873.] Wentworth ’Tis a new thing for Australia, that the waters to her bear One who seeks not of her riches, or the balm of healing air ; One who seeks not […]