Works in the Herald 1932
THE FIRST FROST
Now comes an end to quiet summer days
And to frail loveliness. In the still night
Cold death has crept about the garden ways
To wrap at last about each blossom bright
Its funeral garment white.
And where a million cruel prisms blaze,
Ironically now, the sun's kind rays
Shine but to blast and blight.
One hour of beauty on this shining morn —-
White, mocking beauty while the frost rime clings.
Then bud and blossom, fashioned to adorn
The earth, are now a heap of blackened things.
All loveliness takes wings.
And yet not all! Still in a land forlorn,
Most valiantly by a glowing thorn,
A grey thrush sweetly sings.
Herald, 30 March 1932
The Advertiser, 2 April 1932, p8