John Shaw Neilson

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

Poems of John Shaw Neilson

1. A Protest and a Protest 1/1/2004
2. Beauty Imposes 1/1/2004
3. In the Dim Counties 4/10/2010
4. Love's Coming 1/1/2004
5. May 1/1/2004
6. Native Companions Dancing 1/1/2004
7. O Heart of Spring 1/1/2004
8. Old Granny Sullivan 4/10/2010
9. Schoolgirls Hastening 1/1/2004
10. Song be Delicate 1/1/2004
11. Song for a Singer 4/10/2010
12. Tell Summer That I Died 4/10/2010
13. The Break of Day 1/1/2004
14. The Crane is My Neighbour 4/10/2010
15. The Gentle Water Bird (for Mary Gilmore) 4/10/2010
16. The Green Singer 1/1/2004
17. The Land where I was Born 1/1/2004
18. The Loving Tree 4/10/2010
19. The Meeting of Sighs 1/1/2004
20. The Orange Tree 1/1/2004

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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