Bernard O'dowd Time Poems
- 1. The Bush
I wonder if the spell, the mystery,
That like a haze about your silence clings,
Moulding your void until we seem to see
Tangible Presences of Deathless Things,
- 2. The Poet
THEY tell you the poet is useless and empty the sound of his lyre,
That science has made him a phantom, and thinned to a shadow his fire:
Yet reformer has never demolished a dungeon or den of the foe
But the flame of the soul of a poet pulsated in every blow.
- 3. Love And Sacrifice
CAN we not consecrate
To man and God above
This volume of our great
Supernal tide of love?
- 4. Dominions Of The Boundary
The Survival Of The Gods
- 5. Proletaria
THE SUNNY rounds of Earth contain
An obverse to its Day,
Our fertile Vagrancyâ??s domain,
- 6. Evensong
There was a time we had the power
To build with Silent Thought
The perfect heaven-reaching tower,
As ancient seers have taught.
- 7. Witch Of Our Wilderness
I know not why I love your baffling face,
Or, lonely, to your cold caresses steal,
Or what the charm persuades my wearied eyes
Follow the clues that gleam and, wavering, go,
- 8. Australia
LAST sea-thing dredged by sailor Time from Space,
Are you a drift Sargasso, where the West
In halcyon calm rebuilds her fatal nest?
Or Delos of a coming Sun-God-s race?