Vance Palmer

(1885 - 1959 / Australia)

Vance Palmer Poems

1. The Pathfinders 1/1/2004
2. The Farmer remembers the Somme 1/1/2004
3. Youth and Age 1/1/2004
4. Song of the Old Boundary Rider 4/15/2010
5. The Road to Roma Jail 4/15/2010

The Road to Roma Jail

It's a long road, a cruel road, the road to Roma Jail,
birds in all the branches mocking as you pass,
the spiteful little soldier-bird, the stupid old jackass,
crying 'One, two three of them; riding head to tail'.
On the long road, the cruel road, the road to Roma Jail.

Crookedly the track runs beneath the grassy skies
silver shines the mulga, golden glows the plain,
Bullocks in the barley-grass start and stare again,

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