Michael Thwaites - Australian author and poet

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I am so old, oh very old, my children...

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And then you lifted up my lids – I see indeed...

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03

My love and I in all agree as one, save this thing only...

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04

the land under snow and the snow under moonlight, fall upon fall, a soundless ecstasy.

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05

The stars wheel backward, and the engines sing...

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06

No drums they wished, whose thoughts were tied to girls and jobs and mother...

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You may not pass this place; here, you must stop.

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08

She touched in hedge and tree and lane the explosive charge...

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09

Scarce the turbulent joy refraining, I stand with dumb full heart tonight...

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10

In such confusion, who can see to fight?

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11

Something extraordinary, half-recalled, is happening...

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12

Splitting, dividing in a world divided, unmaking history with relentless steel...

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13

You chose a marvellous morning to be born...

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14

Feathers no longer drooping sleek themselves for action...

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Born somewhere in the beginning of the world, out of stuff time can tear but not destroy ...

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16

Swung between fear and hope we ask, what awaits in the great dark?

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17

I am the jangle in this dead calm...

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18

Household of one small planet, ark of life in the great void...

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19

Wide over-arching sky, accept the pledge I owe...

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