Article image
Article image
This article displays in one automatically-generated column. View the full page to see article in its original form.

A WAY FROM THE SOUNDS OF WAR

i I was riding thro 1 The forest. where ihe tali ! ircc? rciL'Ucd -uprenij, . And be-ug s mog,ice of a dreamer- I dropped 1 the nuns to dream; j The ?un threw welcome gladness on the uari row path ] took, ; While die tree? tv. d out t-hoir branches, HrI toe loav'.s of -erne ime hook, j And, as I jxindcre,! decplv on the wonder? of I And looked above and round about where He | had ; e-t, his Rod, i t heard a grinning saw-mil!, and J saw l in ivac; n ibn trees. ; Where tun wheel? worked sure and grimly, sending warning? on liic breew. Too rimu and tin., maiai, t-lio white pi no end : j t ac rod, i ' .■shivered lor n moment, as a- human shake? 1 j wn-h dread, i 1 And their suppticacng finger? stretched to i 1 the eternal blue ; Where somewhere in (ho wilderness the eve? I of (Jod looked thro’. j ; I saw a i-eani of bullocks, heard the bars!: I j clang ot a rbam. ' 'ud the warders lumber;-! onward with lnc ir | precious er,poled slain, j And a, ‘(it-Jung sigh rose everywhere, and I shook tho smallest, ireo, As I tv" awful thought came o'er them. ‘The | next Mow falls on me. ' ! I rode nearer to examine, looked oat the I r.ams low i Waiting anxious, whispering: “Were they : to stay or go ?" ! Ann I thought of grand pianos, and hand- , i some panelled rooms. • I Of wooden doiis and houses, of table-tops and i i brooms. l Of what was the vocation of those patient ' logs down there. : And what man mould determine the, future ; i and tho core. I ]At my sido a heap of posts lay sun- j mermg in the sun. i ; I wondered if they minded being posts for 1 '■ anyone, Tho’ building up of fences is useful, into, and rial. : Would they rather be piano-, which a lady’s 1 j fingers leei? In the- distance were the smoke stumps lying : dismal in a row, j And mv heart leaped up within me at the [ wilderness of woe, | And my every hope cried outward in fh n j fullness of my soul. I For some fixed and sure ambition, for so me ■ chance to gain a goal. | In the forest of a lifetime, - where the. tree? are growing round, | The great ones and the small ones, and those ■ just above the ground. | They all have a vocation, there’s a goal for ' every one. | Though should any turn to smoking stumps ! as their life they run, I There comes a wave of pity, a blackness over all. . ... ! And those whove risen highest will pass along [ the bail, For I’d rather lift a fence up in the backblocks, any day. Then bo a stump left smoking in another fellow’s way.

This article text was automatically generated and may include errors. View the full page to see article in its original form.
Permanent link to this item

https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/ESD19150113.2.4

Bibliographic details

A WAY FROM THE SOUNDS OF WAR, Issue 15699, 13 January 1915

Word Count
479

A WAY FROM THE SOUNDS OF WAR Issue 15699, 13 January 1915

  1. New formats

    Papers Past now contains more than just newspapers. Use these links to navigate to other kinds of materials.

  2. Hierarchy

    These links will always show you how deep you are in the collection. Click them to get a broader view of the items you're currently viewing.

  3. Search

    Enter names, places, or other keywords that you're curious about here. We'll look for them in the fulltext of millions of articles.

  4. Search

    Browsed to an interesting page? Click here to search within the item you're currently viewing, or start a new search.

  5. Search facets

    Use these buttons to limit your searches to particular dates, titles, and more.

  6. View selection

    Switch between images of the original document and text transcriptions and outlines you can cut and paste.

  7. Tools

    Print, save, zoom in and more.

  8. Explore

    If you'd rather just browse through documents, click here to find titles and issues from particular dates and geographic regions.

  9. Need more help?

    The "Help" link will show you different tips for each page on the site, so click here often as you explore the site.

Working