Norma Lochlenah Davis

(10 April 1905 - 5 November 1945 / Tasmania / Australia)

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Norma Lochlenah Davis (1905-1945), poet, was born on 10 April 1905 at Glenore, Tasmania, second of three daughters of Samuel Davis, farmer, and his wife Alice Laura, née Plane, both Tasmanian born. Norma attended the state school at nearby Whitemore, but, like Helen Power who grew up in the same district, gained much of her education from her own reading. With loving scrutiny she came to know the ... more »

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Scrub Cattle

Their breath is warm and sweet. It holds the smell
Of wind-brown grass and little fragrant flowers:
Their supple knees have brushed the drowsy blue
Of dancing harebells as they wandered through
Some little quiet sun-touched forest dell.
From dawn till dusk, through all the lovely hours,
These dwellers of the scrub tread free as wind,
Browsing the burnished blossoms of gorse,
Or lingering down fair groves that end in blind
White tangled avenues of flowering box
Where the soft air blows warm and manna-sweet;
And some still bolder than the others force
Narrow ...

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