English poetry

Poems in English

The Wattle

I saw it in the days gone by, When the dead girl lay at rest, And the wattle and the […]


I am back from up the country very sorry that I went Seeking for the Southern poets’ land whereon to […]

Said Grenfell to my Spirit

Said Grenfell to my spirit, “You’ve been writing very free Of the charms of other places, and you don’t remember […]

Freedom on the Wallaby

Australia’s a big country An’ Freedom’s humping bluey, An’ Freedom’s on the wallaby Oh! don’t you hear ‘er cooey? She’s […]

The Lights of Cobb & Co

Fire lighted; on the table a meal for sleepy men; A lantern in the stable; a jingle now and then; […]

Faces In The Street

They lie, the men who tell us for reasons of their own That want is here a stranger, and that […]

Here Died

There’s many a schoolboy’s bat and ball that are gathering dust at home, For he hears a voice in the […]

Cherry – Tree Inn

The rafters are open to sun, moon, and star, Thistles and nettles grow high in the bar The chimneys are […]

The Great Grey Plain

Out West, where the stars are brightest, Where the scorching north wind blows, And the bones of the dead gleam […]

To Hannah

Spirit girl to whom ’twas given To revisit scenes of pain, From the hell I thought was Heaven You have […]

The Old Jimmy Woodser

The old Jimmy Woodser comes into the bar Unwelcomed, unnoticed, unknown, Too old and too odd to be drunk with, […]

When Your Pants Begin to Go

When you wear a cloudy collar and a shirt that isn’t white, And you cannot sleep for thinking how you’ll […]

Knocked Up

I’m lyin’ on the barren ground that’s baked and cracked with drought, And dunno if my legs or back or […]

Ben Duggan

Jack Denver died on Talbragar when Christmas Eve began, And there was sorrow round the place, for Denver was a […]

The Heart of Australia

When the wars of the world seemed ended, and silent the distant drum, Ten years ago in Australia, I wrote […]

Fall In, My Men, Fall In

The short hour’s halt is ended, The red gone from the west, The broken wheel is mended, And the dead […]

The Wander-Light

And they heard the tent-poles clatter, And the fly in twain was torn – ‘Tis the soiled rag of a […]

Above Eurunderee

There are scenes in the distance where beauty is not, On the desolate flats where gaunt appletrees rot. Where the […]

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