John O'Brien

[Monsignor Patrick Joseph Hartigan] (13 October 1878 - 27 December 1952 / Australia)

John O'Brien Poems

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1. Six Brown Boxer Hats 1/1/2004
2. The Altar Boy 1/1/2004
3. Around The Boree Log 1/1/2004
4. The Meeting 1/1/2004
5. The Presbyt'Ry Dog 1/1/2004
6. The Kookaburras 1/1/2004
7. Tangmalangmaloo 1/3/2003
8. Said Hanrahan 1/3/2003
9. Could I Hear The Kookaburras Once Again 1/1/2004
10. Ownerless 6/15/2013
11. The Little Irish Mother 1/1/2004
12. The Old Bush School 1/1/2004
Best Poem of John O'Brien

The Old Bush School

'Tis a queer, old battered landmark that belongs to other years;
With the dog-leg fence around it, and its hat about its ears,
And the cow-bell in the gum-tree, and the bucket on the stool,
There's a motley host of memories round that old bush school--

With its seedy desks and benches, where at least I left a name
Carved in agricultural letters--'twas my only bid for fame;
And the spider-haunted ceilings, and the rafters, firmly set,
Lined with darts of nibs and paper (doubtless sticking in them yet),
And the greasy slates and blackboards, where I oft was ...

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