Tag Archives: Lilith Norman

A sad song by Lilith Norman


Tom was very bad at sums –

He used his fingers, toes and thumbs –

Tom said, “I couldn’t be much badder,

I think I’ll try to use and adder.”

He went into the shop and tried

But the adder bit him, and he died.

Source:  A second Australian Poetry Book compiled by Barbara Giles (Oxford University Press, 1983)

The Sea by Lilith Norman


Deep glass-green seas

chew rocks

with their green-glass jaws.

But little waves

creep in

and nibble softly at the sand.



Source: The ABC Book of Australian Poetry: a treasury for young people compiled by Libby Hathorn (ABC Books 2010)