David Campbell Poems
- The Stockman The sun was in the summer grass, the Coolibahs*...
- Men In Green Oh, there were fifteen men in green, Each with ...
- To The Art Of Edgar Degas Beachcomber on the shores of ...
- Harry Pearce I sat beside the red stock route and chewed a ...
- Up North Oh, Bill and Joe to the north have gone, A green ...
- Mothers And Daughters The cruel girls we loved Are over ...
- At The Sheep-Dog Trials What ancestors unite Here in this ...
David Campbell was one of Australia’s most accomplished poets.
Campbell was born on 16 July 1915 at Ellerslie Station, near Adelong, New South Wales. He was the third child of Australian-born parents Alfred Campbell, a grazier and medical practitioner, and his wife Edith Madge, née Watt.
In 1930, Campbell went to The King's School, Sydney, and in 1935, with the support of the headmaster, he enrolled at Jesus College, Cambridge, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1937. He continued to play rugby he excelled at school. His studies in English literature developed his interest in poetry.
Campbell returned to Australia from Cambridge in 1938 ... more »
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The sun was in the summer grass,
the Coolibahs* were twisted steel;
the stockman paused beneath their shade
and sat upon his heel,
and with the reins looped through his arm
he rolled tobacco in his palm.
His horse stood still, His cattle-dog
tongued in the shadow of the tree,
and for a moment on the plain
Time waited for the three,
and then the stockman licked his fag
and Time took up his solar swag.
I saw the stockman mount and ride,
across the mirage on the plain;
and still that timeless moment brought
fresh ripples to my brain;