Kenneth Slessor Poems

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31.
Chessmen

CHAFING on flags of ebony and pearl,
My paladins are waiting. Loops of smoke
Stoop slowly from the coffee-cups, and curl
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32.
Burying Friends

BURYING friends is not a pomp,
Not, indeed, Roman:
Lacking the monument,
Heroic stone;
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33.
Cock-Crow

THE cock's far cry
From lonely yards
Burdens the night
With boastful birds
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34.
Adventure Bay

SOPHIE'S my world . . . my arm must soon or later
Like Francis Drake turn circumnavigator,
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35.
Sensuality

FEELING hunger and cold, feeling
Food, feeling fire, feeling
Pity and pain, tasting
Time in a kiss, tasting
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36.
In A/C With Ghosts

You can shuffle and scuffle and scold,
You can rattle the knockers and knobs,
Or batter the doorsteps with buckets of gold
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37.
Snowdrops

The Snowdrop Girl in fields of snowdrops walks,
Whiter than foam, deeper than waters flowing,
Flakes of wild milk gone blowing,
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38.
A Surrender

WHEN to those Venusbergs, thy breasts,
By wars of love and moonlight batteries,
My lips have stormed—O pout thy mouth above,
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39.
To A Friend

ADAM, because on the mind's roads
Your mouth is always in a hurry,
Because you know odes
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40.
Nuremberg

So quiet it was in that high, sun-steeped room,
So warm and still, that sometimes with the light
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