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Axe-fall, echo and silence. It will be centuries
before many men are truly at home in this country,
and yet, there have always been some, in each generation,
there have always been some who could live in the presence of silence.
In a place where 'please' is pronounced 'I s'pose you couldn't'
it is rare to meet with any belief in help.
with being best man is, you don't get a chance to prove it.
Nothing's said till it's dreamed out in words
And nothing's true that figures in words only.
Sex is a Nazi. The students all knew
this at your school. To it, everyone's subhuman
for parts of their lives. Some are all their lives.
You'll be one of those if these things worry you.
Waiting for the Australian republic is like waiting for the other shoe to drop. We all know it is coming; according to one's convictions, the waiting is therefore either a sour and uncreative delaying operation or a sort of null interregnum in which all energies are frustrated.
Then, strung out and spotty, you wriggle and sigh
and kiss all the fellows and make them all die.
Australians are like most who won't read this poem
or any, since literature turned on them
and bodiless jargons without reverie
scorn their loves as illusion and biology,
compared with bloody History, the opposite of home.
Men must have legends, else they will die of strangeness.
For the truth, we are silent. For the flattering dream, in massed farting reassurance, we spasm and scream.
I was a freak, but happily my freakishness was language, not, say, classifying antique crankshafts.
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That man has reached immortality who is disturbed by nothing material.
October 17, 1938
April 29, 2019
Leslie Allan "Les" Murray was an Australian poet, anthologist and critic. His career spans over forty years and he has published nearly 30 volumes of poetry as well as two verse novels and collections of his prose writings.
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