John Shaw Neilson

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

Native Companions Dancing


On the blue plains in wintry days
The stately birds move in the dance.
Keen eyes have they, and quaint old ways
On the blue plains in wintry days.
The Wind, their unseen Piper, plays,
They strut, salute, reatreat, advance;
On the blue plains, in wintry days,
These stately birds move in the dance

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

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