Poem of the week

Path at Stradbroke

                    by E.M.England  (1944)

The Gorge, Nth Stradbroke, ca 1940
The Gorge, Pt Lookout, ca 1940, SLQ neg 204846 

Other lovers will have found it now,
Or, over-run with undergrowth and bough,
It may lie list'ning to the surf's mild thunder-
       I often wonder!

The sand slid underfoot – white, glist'ning powder,
As we went on, the surf grew louder,
Until, the shadow of the scrubland past,
        We came at last

Just within the shelter of a boulder,
Panting, but happy; shoulder pressed to shoulder.
In all that stretch of glitt'ring sea and sky
       Just you and I. ...


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Mabel Forrest


So prolific, such a sad life

When Mabel Forrest died in 1935, there was a public outpouring of grief. By then, she was probably Queensland's best known writer, and certainly its most widely published poet. The Courier Mail  called her 'the representative poet of Queensland, her native state'. But she died broke and mentally unwell.

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