Henry Lawson

Grenfell, New South Wales
Henry Lawson
Grenfell, New South Wales
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Knocked Up

Rating: 3.4

I'm lyin' on the barren ground that's baked and cracked with drought,
And dunno if my legs or back or heart is most wore out;
I've got no spirits left to rise and smooth me achin' brow --
I'm too knocked up to light a fire and bile the billy now.

Oh it's trampin', trampin', tra-a-mpin', in flies an' dust an' heat,
Or it's trampin' trampin' tra-a-a-mpin'
through mud and slush 'n sleet;
It's tramp an' tramp for tucker -- one everlastin' strife,
An' wearin' out yer boots an' heart in the wastin' of yer life.
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COMMENTS
Babatunde Aremu 27 April 2014
Wonderful poem! I like it
4 6 Reply
Michelle Claus 27 April 2014
Excellent ballad. I'll read this many times and always like it.
3 7 Reply
James Mclain 27 April 2014
What a master piece, t'would take me days to create one like this...iip
4 6 Reply
Dawn Fuzan 27 April 2014
This us really good
4 5 Reply
Higjh classic poem. Fine
3 5 Reply
* Sunprincess * 27 April 2014
........a wonderful poem....the poet took us down a rough road full of obstacles...but still he kept on going...enjoyed..
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Pranab K Chakraborty 27 April 2012
A long dry stretch of thirty miles I've tramped this broilin' day, All for the off-chance of a job a hundred miles away; There's twenty hungry beggars wild for any job this year, An' fifty might be at the shed while I am lyin' here. The same imagery could be created here daily on the surface. None could bother, only time takes out a big chopper to cut the pieces of our individual peace and that is almost daily happening by course. May not be a classical one, but the voice of time howls much yet. Nice put by PH.
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Claudia Krizay 27 April 2011
This poem does nothing for me except make me feel superior-
5 10 Reply
Claudia Krizay 27 April 2011
This poem does nothing for me- nothing positive, that is.
5 11 Reply
Juan Olivarez 27 April 2011
I must say in all honesty I was never familiar with Lawson, but his poem is excellent. Living in and working in the great outback must have been the ultimate test of survival. Now we must wait for Pruchnicki to come and foul the water.
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