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...

  • 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 love...

  • 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...

  • Fiametta 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 baker's boy...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...