Zora Bernice May Cross
Zora Bernice May Cross Poems
- The New Moon What have you got in your knapsack fair, White ...
- Girl-Gladness It’s holiday time on the hollyhock hills, And...
- Memory Late, late last night, when the whole world ...
- Love Sonnet X And then came Science with her torch ...
- Books Oh! Bury me in books when I am dead, Fair quarto ...
- Love Sonnet Xlii My true mind makes as many loves of you As ...
- Fortune Dame Fortune’s jade with a fanciful horn Of silver ...
Zora Bernice May Cross was an Australian poet, novelist and journalist.
She was born in Brisbane, and was educated at Ipswich Girls' Grammar School and then Sydney Teachers' College. She taught for three years and then worked as a journalist, for the Boomerang and then as a freelance writer.
After the failure of her first marriage she eventually lived in a de facto marriage with David McKee Wright. Zora'a first book of poetry, A Song of Mother Love, was published in 1916. Songs of Love and life, a collection of love poetry thought at the time to be rather too frank, but which proved popular enough to appear is several editions, followed in 1917.
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The New Moon
What have you got in your knapsack fair,
White moon, bright moon, pearling the air,
Spinning your bobbins and fabrics free,
Fleet moon, sweet moon, in to the sea?
Turquoise and beryl and rings of gold,
Clear moon, dear moon, ne’er to be sold?
Roses and lilies, romance and love,
Still moon, chill moon, swinging above?
Slender your feet as a white birds throat,
High moon, shy moon, drifting your boat
Into the murk of the world awhile,
Slim moon, dim moon, adding a smile.
Tender your eyes as a maiden’s kiss,
Fine moon, wine moon, no one knows this,