John Shaw Neilson

(22 February 1872 – 12 May 1942 / Penola, South Australia)

John Shaw Neilson Poems

1. Song For A Singer 4/10/2010
2. In The Dim Counties 4/10/2010
3. Old Granny Sullivan 4/10/2010
4. Tell Summer That I Died 4/10/2010
5. The Gentle Water Bird (For Mary Gilmore) 4/10/2010
6. The Crane Is My Neighbour 4/10/2010
7. The Loving Tree 4/10/2010
8. The Green Singer 1/1/2004
9. To A Blue Flower 4/10/2010
10. Schoolgirls Hastening 1/1/2004
11. You And Yellow Air 1/1/2004
12. Song Be Delicate 1/1/2004
13. May 1/1/2004
14. The Break Of Day 1/1/2004
15. Native Companions Dancing 1/1/2004
16. The Poor Can Feed The Birds 4/10/2010
17. A Protest And A Protest 1/1/2004
18. The Meeting Of Sighs 1/1/2004
19. The Smoker Parrot 1/1/2004
20. The Land Where I Was Born 1/1/2004
21. The Poor, Poor Country 1/1/2004
22. The Orange Tree 1/1/2004
23. Love's Coming 1/1/2004
24. O Heart Of Spring 1/1/2004
25. Beauty Imposes 1/1/2004
Best Poem of John Shaw Neilson

Beauty Imposes

Beauty imposes reverence in the Spring,
Grave as the urge within the honeybuds,
It wounds us as we sing.

Beauty is joy that stays not overlong.
Clad in the magic of sincerities,
It rides up in a song.

Beauty imposes chastenings on the heart,
Grave as the birds in last solemnities
Assembling to depart.

Read the full of Beauty Imposes

The Orange Tree

The young girl stood beside me.
I Saw not what her young eyes could see:
- A light, she said, not of the sky
Lives somewhere in the Orange Tree.

- Is it, I said, of east or west?
The heartbeat of a luminous boy
Who with his faltering flute confessed
Only the edges of his joy?

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