Bernard O'Dowd

(11 April 1866 – 1 September 1953 / Beaufort)

Bernard O'Dowd Poems

1. The Bush 9/1/2014
2. Alma Venus! [excerpt] 9/1/2014
3. Bacchus [excerpt] 9/1/2014
4. A Keynote [extract] 9/1/2014
5. Dominions Of The Boundary 9/1/2014
6. Evensong 9/1/2014
7. Witch Of Our Wilderness 9/1/2014
8. Prosperity 9/1/2014
9. Auster Rampant! 9/1/2014
10. The Poet 1/1/2004
11. Envy 1/1/2004
12. Young Democracy 1/1/2004
13. Proletaria 1/1/2004
14. Sloth (I) & (Ii) 1/1/2004
15. Last Stanzas Of The Bush 1/1/2004
16. May Day 1/1/2004
17. Our Duty 1/4/2003
18. Australia 1/1/2004
19. True America's Message 1/1/2004
20. The Cow 1/1/2004
21. Love And Sacrifice 1/1/2004
22. Love's Substitute 1/4/2003
Best Poem of Bernard O'Dowd

Love's Substitute

This love, that dares not warm before its flame
   Our yearning hands, or from its tempting tree
Yield fruit we may consume, or let us claim
   In Hymen's scroll of happy heraldry
   The twining glyphs of perfect you and me --
May kindle social fires whence curls no blame,
   Find gardens where no fruits forbidden be,
And mottoes weave, unsullied by a shame.

For, love, unmothered Childhood wanly waits
   For such as you to cherish it to Youth:
   Raw social ...

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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.

They tell you he hinders with tinklings, with gags from an obsolete stage,
The dramas of deed and the worship of Laws in a practical age:
But the deeds of to-day are the children of magical dreams he has

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