Judith Wright

(1915 - 2000 / New South Wales / Australia)

Judith Wright Poems

1. Trapped Dingo 3/27/2010
2. Blue Arab 3/27/2010
3. Sonnet 3/27/2010
4. All Things Conspire 3/27/2010
5. Bullocky 3/27/2010
6. Northern River 3/27/2010
7. To A Child 3/27/2010
8. Egrets 3/27/2010
9. Niggers Leap, New England 3/27/2010
10. Turning Fifty 3/27/2010
11. The Trains 3/27/2010
12. Woman To Man 3/27/2010
13. Lyrebirds 3/27/2010
14. Bora Ring 3/27/2010
15. The Sisters 3/27/2010
16. Woman To Child 3/27/2010
17. Drought Year 3/27/2010
18. Late Spring 3/27/2010
19. Naked Girl And Mirror 3/27/2010
20. The Surfer 3/27/2010
21. Train Journey 3/27/2010
22. South Of My Days 3/27/2010
23. The Killer 3/27/2010
24. The Bull 3/27/2010
25. Sonnet For Christmas 3/27/2010
26. Failure Of Communion 3/27/2010
27. Metho Drinker 3/27/2010
28. Magpies 3/27/2010
29. The Company Of Lovers 3/27/2010
30. Legend 3/27/2010
31. Five Senses 3/27/2010
32. Request To A Year 1/1/2004
33. The Old Prison 1/1/2004
Best Poem of Judith Wright

The Old Prison

The rows of cells are unroofed,
a flute for the wind's mouth,
who comes with a breath of ice
from the blue caves of the south.

O dark and fierce day:
the wind like an angry bee
hunts for the black honey
in the pits of the hollow sea.

Waves of shadow wash
the empty shell bone-bare,
and like a bone it sings
a bitter song of air.

Who built and laboured here?
The wind and the sea say
-Their cold nest is broken
and they are blown away-

They did not breed nor love,
each in his cell alone
cried as the wind now ...

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Blue Arab

The small blue Arab stallion dances on the hill
like a glancing breaker, like a storm rearing in the sky,
In his prick-ears,the wind, that wanderer and spy,
sings of the dunes of Arabia, lion-coloured still.

The small blue stallion poses like a centaur-god,
netting the sun in his sea-spray mane, forgetting
his stalwart mares for a phantom galloping unshod;
changing for a heat-mirage his tall and velvet hill.

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