Love & Loss

Queensland women have written and published compelling love poetry for more than a century. Perhaps some readers will be surprised that, despite their occasionally 'red necked' image, so have Queensland men. Click on the poem titles in the table below to read some of the best early Queensland poetry of love.

  • 'Himself' 2020

                  By Alice Guerin Crist (1927) Last night, when I was listenin’ Alone, to wind and rain, He took the chair beside me, Himself - come home again. His...

  • A Dedication 1930

    by James Devaney    Because I went the lone ways Among the tall trees, Because I loved the blue days, The bird melodies, Deemed you I did our love...

  • A Flight across the Sea 1848

    by Eva Mary O'Doherty    The voices of the spring are calling Among the green hills far away; The flitting lights and shades are falling O’er skies of soft...

  • Barbaric Night 1944

    by Howarde Tilse From the distant village Comes the throb of a native drum, And savage voices Chanting through the trees. A full moon Crystalises...

  • Blue 1919

    by Peter Austen     The blue waves break along the shore, How blue, how blue the summer skies! Somewhere in France two brave blue eyes Lie closed for...

  • Books 1917

    by Zora Cross     Oh, bury me in books when I am dead, Fair quarto leaves of ivory and gold, And silk octavos, bound in brown and red, That tales of...

  • Brisbane 1936

    BRISBANE City of the seven hills and the high-lord Sun,Cool with jade gums, hot with Poinsettia's flame-tongued blooms,Circled by sheening river, as...

  • Dark Angel 1943

    by Llywelyn Lucas      The wings of the great dark angel – I heard them brushing, I heard them brushing but thank God not by me, And the tide of battle...

  • Dark Road 2011

    Dark Road                      By James Devaney(1939) I will be your stay When the feet falter. I will be your stay When the tears blind. Love will sweeten yet Though...

  • Fiammetta 1932

      by Edgar Holt    From "Fiammetta" ….Sleep like the morning tide rolls out leaving me naked on a barren shore. Sharply I hear a newsboy shout, and the...

  • Husband 1986

    by Gwen Belson Taylor    ….And somewhere is the sky still blue And the sun poignant on the morning dew As then….. And the white sea birds overhead...

  • Leave-taking 2017

      Farewell, old hills! No more my feet shall tread you To find the dingo’s den or emu’s nest; Beneath the eucalypts that overspread you,  No...

  • Lost 1885

    by A.K.D    YOUNG, and blithe, and gay; Slight, and small of limb; Busy, till the birds Sang their evening hymn; This the lad who, on day hot, Walked...

  • Love 1941

    by Paula Fitzgerald    Today I laid me down beside my dear, And scanned the beauty of his sleeping face: I knew him mine,  not separate, but near- We...

  • Love Song 1945

    by Peter Miles    In the suntime came love, with the spray of the wind in her hair and a song in her eyes. Out of love issued life. In the suntime came...

  • Love's coming - Grace Perry 2021

    By Grace Perry[1]. The air was hushed with voiceless loveliness That trembled on the crystal brink of song, While waiting flowers drooped their heads...

  • M.L. 1947

    by Arthur Wade    If when I'm gone you chance to think of me, Think not, I beg, that I am far away, But that from near-by shades I still can see And...

  • Path at Stradbroke 1944

    by E.M.England    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...

  • Retrospect 1940

     by Paul L Grano      Age will not dull your eyes when mine are dim; morning will flush your cheeks though night is grim;   spring-light will tint your hair when...

  • The beauty of life 1917

    by Zora Cross      I had not dreamed that life could be so fair, Until you kissed its meaning into me, And sent my soul along its airy lea To find a...

  • The Boomerang 1909

    by Eva Mary O'Doherty    An Australian Love Song By Fate's strong hand I am hurled away To the distance, blue and dim, From the love and light of thy...

  • The Mother 1919

    by Peter Austen                Somewhere in France he lies- Above his head the scarlet poppies blow, And silver moons have bloomed and still will bloom; Somewhere...

  • Tinsel 1938

    by June Saunders   From Tinsel…Tinsel (The scene, a university ball, ca 1938) Bright eyes has Folly, lips that laugh and lure‑ At eight! . . . Dinner...

  • Tis Fragrant Still 1923

    by E. Maurice Little       A scarlet rose that once was gay,  And doubtless made some garden fair: But faded now-its beauty gone; Yet though it lay, as time...

  • To John (III) - Alex Lire 2021

    By Alex Lire[1] One day I laughed by a careless stream And felt the birds in my heart, The beauty was that of a witch’s dream, A cloud, a wind, a...

  • Wanted: a husband 2018

      Wanted a husband,--there's plenty, 'tis said, All through the district, who wish to get wed; Dark men and fair men, and little and tall-- Some with...