The Poor Can Feed the Birds [poem by John Shaw Neilson]

[Editor: This poem by John Shaw Neilson was published in Beauty Imposes: Some Recent Verse (1938).] The Poor Can Feed the Birds Ragged, unheeded, stooping, meanly shod, The poor pass to the pond: not far away The spires go up to God. Shyly they come from the unpainted lane; Coats have they made of old […]

He Saw the Jig [poem by John Shaw Neilson]

[Editor: This poem by John Shaw Neilson was published in Beauty Imposes: Some Recent Verse (1938).] He Saw the Jig He saw the jig, he said, an emerald thing With speech of love, whose blood is liberty: It lies beyond the fiddler and the string. Hotly it tells how innocence and mirth Came into love […]

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 […]