Gwen Harwood

(8 June 1920 – 4 December 1995 / Taringa, Queensland)

Gwen Harwood Poems

1. 'Thought Is Surrounded By A Halo' 4/20/2012
2. Critic's Nightwatch 4/20/2012
3. Dichterliebe 4/20/2012
4. The Glass Jar 4/20/2012
5. The Wound 4/20/2012
6. Daybreak 4/20/2012
7. Estuary 4/20/2012
8. Triste, Triste 4/20/2012
9. Barn Owl 4/20/2012
10. Anniversary 8/3/2008
11. Last Meeting 12/5/2011
12. In The Park 8/3/2008

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In The Park

She sits in the park. Her clothes are out of date.
Two children whine and bicker, tug her skirt.
A third draws aimless patterns in the dirt
Someone she loved once passed by – too late

to feign indifference to that casual nod.
“How nice” et cetera. “Time holds great surprises.”
From his neat head unquestionably rises
a small balloon…”but for the grace of God…”

They stand a while in flickering light, rehearsing
the children’s names and birthdays. “It’s so sweet
to hear their chatter, watch them grow and thrive, ”
she says to his departing smile. Then, ...

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