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The Beach by William Hart Smith and The Sea by Lilith Norman

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Libby Hathorn reads from the ABC Book of Australian Poetry – The Beach by William Hart Smith and The Sea by Lilith Norman.

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The Beach by William Hart-Smith

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The beach is a quarter of golden fruit,

a soft ripe melon

sliced to a half-moon curve,

having a thick green rind

of jungle growth;

and the sea devours it

with its sharp,

sharp white teeth.

 

 

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

Tractor by William Hart-Smith

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Dragging an iron rake

the tractor wallows

across the ocean of the paddock

with a fine excitement of gulls

in its wake.

It has two large paddle wheels,

a funnel, with smoke;

and the captain is on the bridge.

Having cast off a couple

of moments ago,

he sets a course for the opposite hedge.

 

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