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Native Companions Dancing

John Shaw Neilson 1872 (Penola, South Australia) – 1942 (Melbourne, Victoria)



On the blue plains in wintry days
  The stately birds move in the dance.
Keen eyes have they, and quaint old ways
On the blue plains in wintry days.
The Wind, their unseen Piper, plays,
  They strut, salute, reatreat, advance;
On the blue plains, in wintry days,
  These stately birds move in the dance
 

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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John Shaw Neilson

John Shaw Neilson was an Australian poet. Slightly built, for most of his life he worked as a labourer, fruit-picking, clearing scrub, navvying and working in quarries, and, after 1928, working as a messenger with the Country Roads Board in Melbourne. he died when he was 70 years old. more…

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