Works in the Herald 1937
CIRCUMSTANCES ALTER ASPECTS
Oh, yesterday I was a happy man;
All life seemed moulded to a perfect plan.
The earth, the air, the sky, the birds in song.
All were in harmony and nothing wrong;
The gentle wind that crooned among the trees
Reminded me of long-lost melodies.;
It found all things of earth supremely sane
And saw fresh beauty in the shining rain.
Oh, I was glad.
All that I had,
All that I hoped to hold
Comprised gifts far beyond desert and blessed a thousandfold.
My fellow man was generous; his heart was kind and pure
And I was very sure
Friendship was real, peace had come to stay.
Oh, I was very happy — yesterday.
To-day I am a miserable man;
All life seems crazy, and there is no plan.
The earth, the sky, the birds' discordant song
Screaming so aimlessly — all, all are wrong.
The howling wind that blusters in the trees
Reminds me of some fiend's cacophonies.
I find all things of earth simply inane
With drear depression in the sodden rain,
Oh, I am sad.
All I have had
Or ever hope to bold
Comprises evanescent gifts, impalpable and cold.
My fellow man is treacherous, his kindness but a lure,
And I am very sure
Friendship is hollow; peace has flown away
My income tax assessment came to-day.
Herald, 15 May 1937
The Queenslander, 12 January 1938, p3