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Dorothea Mackeller

(1885 - 1968)

Poems of Dorothea Mackeller

1. Burning Off 1/1/2004
2. Fire 1/1/2004
3. In a Southern Garden 1/1/2004
4. My Country 1/1/2004
5. The Open Sea 1/1/2004

In a Southern Garden

WHEN the tall bamboos are clicking to the restless little breeze,
And bats begin their jerky skimming flight,
And the creamy scented blossoms of the dark pittosporum trees,
Grow sweeter with the coming of the night.

And the harbour in the distance lies beneath a purple pall,
And nearer, at the garden’s lowest fringe,
Loud the water soughs and gurgles ’mid the rocks below the wall,
Dark-heaving, with a dim uncanny tinge

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