Colour Poem by Dorothea Mackellar

Colour

Rating: 3.0


The lovely things that I have watched unthinking,
Unknowing, day by day,
That their soft dyes have steeped my soul in colour
That will not pass away -

Great saffron sunset clouds, and larkspur mountains,
And fenceless miles of plain,
And hillsides golden-green in that unearthly
Clear shining after rain;

And nights of blue and pearl, and long smooth beaches,
Yellow as sunburnt wheat,
Edged with a line of foam that creams and hisses,
Enticing weary feet.

And emeralds, and sunset-hearted opals,
And Asian marble, veined
With scarlet flame, and cool green jade, and moonstones
Misty and azure-stained;

And almond trees in bloom, and oleanders,
Or a wide purple sea,
Of plain-land gorgeous with a lovely poison,
The evil Darling pea.

If I am tired I call on these to help me
To dream -and dawn-lit skies,
Lemon and pink, or faintest, coolest lilac,
Float on my soothed eyes.

There is no night so black but you shine through it,
There is no morn so drear,
O Colour of the World, but I can find you,
Most tender, pure and clear.

Thanks be to God, Who gave this gift of colour,
Which who shall seek shall find;
Thanks be to God, Who gives me strength to hold it,
Though I were stricken blind.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Lucy Perry 04 June 2019

This poem makes me feel funny

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robert cleland 04 November 2019

one of the most inspiring poems which i remember from my early schooling

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Sylvia Frances Chan 27 May 2022

Very very beautiful and very inspiring poem by Australian's most famous poetess 5 Stars full

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Chinedu Dike 27 May 2022

Well articuated and nicely brought forth with conviction. A beautiful work of art. Congrats on your poem's selection as member POD...

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Sylvia Frances Chan 27 May 2022

I like very much to read this very very beautiful poem time and again. CONGRATS being chosen as The Modern Poem Of The Day! A Beauty!

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Sylvia Frances Chan 27 May 2022

CONTINUED: Mackellar's poetry is usually regarded as quintessential bush poetry, her poems are all very inspirational. Great Aussie Poetess.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 27 May 2022

The only daughter of noted physician and parliamentarian Sir Charles Mackellar, she was born in Sydney in 1885. Although raised in a professional urban family,

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