John O'Brien

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

John O'Brien Poems

If you see a poem only with title, it is listed that way because of copyright reasons.
1. Ownerless 6/15/2013
2. Around The Boree Log 1/1/2004
3. The Presbyt'Ry Dog 1/1/2004
4. The Altar Boy 1/1/2004
5. Six Brown Boxer Hats 1/1/2004
6. The Kookaburras 1/1/2004
7. The Meeting 1/1/2004
8. Could I Hear The Kookaburras Once Again 1/1/2004
9. Tangmalangmaloo 1/3/2003
10. Said Hanrahan 1/3/2003
11. The Old Bush School 1/1/2004
12. The Little Irish Mother 1/1/2004

Comments about John O'Brien

  • Chris Madden (3/12/2018 5:44:00 AM)

    Can I find a copy of a poem by john O'brien printed in the Wagga Daily Advertiser comtaining two lines something like I hate to think of Fenn, growing a tail and hairy hide again?

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  • Lorna Wollaston (3/21/2008 4:10:00 PM)

    When I had the pleasure of visiting Melbourne for 3 months in 1969, I came across a book called 'Aussie English' by our John O'Brien. I copied 'Bloody' directly out of the book but the version you have here differs somewhat. I never could get a copy of the book as I had to come home to the U.S. By the way, I love it!

Best Poem of John O'Brien

The Little Irish Mother


Have you seen the tidy cottage in the straggling, dusty street,
Where the roses swing their censers by the door?
Have you heard the happy prattle and the tramp of tiny feet
As the sturdy youngsters romp around the floor?
Did you wonder why the wiree* comes to sing his sweetest song ?
Did the subtle charm of home upon you fall?
Did you puzzle why it haunted you the while you passed along?--
There's a Little Irish Mother there; that's all.

When you watched the children toiling at their lessons in the school,
Did you pick a ...

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