Works in the Herald 1931
A masterful being, magnetic, far-seeing,
He falls to slang-whanging where we might be hanging
For shafts do not reach him. When critics impeach him
He welcomes the strife should the party be rough.
He sticks it to mix it and finally fix it.
A stoic is Ted; and his cuticle's tough.
In ways Oriental, his processes mental
And, striving to follow, we finally wallow
He may be dread master of doom and disaster
Or loom in the land, as its forefront and head.
To lead a whole nation to final salvation -
Then, again, he may not. For there no one knows Ted.
They've boasted and boomed him for years and foredoomed him
When leaders were wanted, ten thousand have vaunted
Tho' foes may defame him, defenders proclaim him
A genius rare with his face to the sun -
Till some nark arises and rather surprises
The boosters by asking, "Well? What has he done?"
Ah! There lies the mystr'ry. Go, seek out his hist'ry
Tho' much you uncover, you'll fail to discover
So, all things together, 'tis hard to tell whether
He stands as Australia's worthiest son.
Or merely . . . . However, not being so clever,
We, too, seek enlightenment: What HAS he done?
Herald, 18 February 1931, p6
This is number 3 in Dennis's Political Personalities series.
The "Ted" referred to above is Ted Theodore who was Treasurer in the Scullin Federal Government.