To a School-Girl by John Shaw Neilson

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O most unconscious daisy!
Thou daybreak of a joy!
Whose eyes invade the impassioned man
In every wayside boy.

Can I, walled in by Autumn,
With buoyant things agree?
Speak all my heart to a daisy
If one should smile at me?

Out of the Summer fallen,
Can I of Summer sing?
Call that I love on the deep yellow
Between me and the Spring?

First published in Bookfellow, 15 July 1921;
and later in
Collected Poems of John Shaw Neilson edited by R.H. Croll, 1934;
From the Ballads to Brennan edited by T. Inglis Moore, 1964;
John Shaw Neilson: Poetry, Autobiography and Correspondence edited by Cliff Hanna, 1991; and
Selected Poems edited by Robert Gray, 1993.

Note: this poem is also known by the title "To a School-Girl in Her Fourteenth Year".

Author reference sites: Austlit, Australian Dictionary of Biography, Australian Poetry Library

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