James Martin Devaney

(31 May 1890 - 14 August 1976 / Sandhurst, Victoria)

James Martin Devaney Poems

1. Dark Road 5/7/2012
2. Outlines 5/7/2012
3. A Dedication 5/7/2012
4. Dirrawan The Song-Maker 1/1/2004
5. Winter Westerlies 4/21/2010
6. The Bunyip 4/21/2010
7. The Frog Pool 1/1/2004
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The Frog Pool

Week after week it shrank and shrank
as the fierce drought fiend drank and drank,
till on the bone-dry bed revealed
the mud peeled;
but now tonight is steamy-warm,
heavy with hint of thunderstorm.

And hark! hark! hoarse and harsh
the throaty croak of the frogs in the marsh:
"Wake! wake! awake! awake!
The drought break!"
but no, that chorus seems to me
more a primeval harmony.

The thunder booms, the floods flow
blended with deeper din below,
and every time the skies crash
the swamps flash!
and the whole place will be tonight
a ...

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