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Thursday, 3 June 2021

The Silver Gum by Colin Crothers

An aboriginal legend tells of a maiden changed into a white gum. . . .

From the dark lust of alien eyes
She fled, and saw the bittern rise
On troubled wings against the west.
Closely she drew about her breast
The white skin of the kangaroo.
An old enchantment stirred, and grew
Wounding like many spears, but sweet.
Ah, sweet! The swift pursuing feet
Paused, and the eager loins grew cold—
From her pale shround, from fold on fold,
In splendours of strange purity,
The silver gum sprang silently.

From: Crothers, Colin, ‘The Silver Gum’ in Westerly, No. 3, 1956, p. 13.

Date: 1956

By: Colin Crothers (fl. 1956)