Treasure Island

Les Murray

(17 October 1938)

Cockspur Bush


I am lived. I am died.
I was two-leafed three times, and grazed,
but then I was stemmed and multiplied,
sharp-thorned and caned, nested and raised,
earth-salt by sun-sugar. I was innerly sung
by thrushes who need fear no eyed skin thing.
Finched, ant-run, flowered, I am given the years
in now fewer berries, now more of sling
out over directions of luscious dung.
Of water crankshaft, of gases the gears
my shape is cattle-pruned to a crown spread sprung
above the starve-gut instinct to make prairies
of everywhere. My thorns are stuck with caries
of mice and rank lizards by the butcher bird.
Inches in, baby seed-screamers get supplied.
I am lived and died in, vine woven, multiplied.

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
1 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: baby, water, fear, sun, spring, flower, running

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Cockspur Bush by Les Murray )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  10. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. INCONSTANT LOVE 10 WORD, Beryl Dov
  2. HAIKU...The Good Die Young, Ken e Hall
  3. I Know, Lyn Paul
  4. Those Who Know, Monk E. Biz
  5. peaches on the side, Mandolyn ...
  6. i could have made s'mores, Mandolyn ...
  7. Song: State of Fear, Dave SmithWhite
  8. there's an element in the room, Mandolyn ...
  9. Goodbye 2014, Michael McParland
  10. Holding Moments In Cupped Hands, RoseAnn V. Shawiak

Poem of the Day

poet Henry Lawson


The old year went, and the new returned, in the withering weeks of drought,
The cheque was spent that the shearer earned,
and the sheds were all cut out;
...... Read complete »

   

Member Poem

[Hata Bildir]