Life by Mabel Forrest

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Give me the fire of Being's burning breath! 
Life, swooping with scarlet wings 
To the pale face of death,
Beating back coldness on the livid lip;
Great seas where rose-gilled fish swim in the tide,
And there is no invading man or ship;
Life in the jungle, radiant, spawning green 
And yellow blossomry, and berries red -- 
Fullness of life I ask and then
A long, long sleep at last when I am dead!

First published in The Sydney Morning Herald, 8 September 1934

Author reference sites: AustlitAustralian Dictionary of Biography

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