Arthur Alexander Banning
Arthur Alexander (Lex) Banning was an Australian lyric poet. Disabled from birth by cerebral palsy, he was unable to speak clearly or to write with a pen. "Yet he overcame his handicap to produce poems which were often hauntingly beautiful and frequently ironic, and gave to other, younger poets a strong sense of the importance and value of their calling". Such younger poets included ... more »
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Nursery Rhyme (Crooked But Wise)
There was a crooked man
Who walked a crooked mile,
While the crooked hands ran backwards
Around the crooked dial.
He found his crooked journey
Led him through a crooked town,
Where all his crooked neighbours
Were running up and down,
And conducting crooked business
In crooked shops and stalls,
While their shadows capered crookedly
Upon the crooked walls,
So he followed their example
And, as he passed along,
Sold his birthright for a fortune:
He had got it for a song.
He thought he had a bargain,
And was overheard to say,
‘That sometime ...