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Famous Emu Poems by Famous Poets

These are examples of famous Emu poems written by some of the greatest and most-well-known modern and classical poets. PoetrySoup is a great educational poetry resource of famous emu poems. These examples illustrate what a famous emu poem looks like and its form, scheme, or style (where appropriate).

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by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...s across the plain. 

And the horses shudder and snort and shift 
As the bounding mass of weeds goes past, 
But the emus never their heads uplift 
As they look for roots in the sandy drift, 
For the emus know it from first to last. 

Now, the boss's dog that had come from town 
Was strange to the wild and woolly west, 
And he thought he would earn him some great renown 
When he saw, on the wastes of the open down, 
An emu standing beside her nest. 

And he said to...Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...led to me in the droving days. 

We saw the fleet wild horses pass, 
And kangaroos through the Mitchell grass; 
The emu ran with her frightened brood 
All unmolested and unpursued. 
But there rose a shout and a wild hubbub 
When the dingo raced for his native scrub, 
And he paid right dear for his stolen meals 
With the drovers' dogs at his wretched heels. 
For we ran him down at a rattling pace, 
While the pack-horse joined in the stirring chase. 
And a wild ...Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...hurried off with utmost speed, 
Tested Johnson’s drug and found it was a deadly poison-weed; 
Half a tumbler killed an emu, half a spoonful killed a goat, 
All the snakes on earth were harmless to that awful antidote. 

. . . . . 
Down along the Mooki River, on the overlanders’ camp, 
Where the serpents are in millions, all of the most deadly stamp, 
Wanders, daily, William Johnson, down among those poisonous hordes, 
Shooting every stray goanna, cal...Read More

by Taylor, Edward
...say?" I asked
in automatic compliance.
And then it got very dark and quiet.
I closed my eyes and dreamed of an emu I once loved....Read More

by Tate, James
...say?" I asked
in automatic compliance.
And then it got very dark and quiet.
I closed my eyes and dreamed of an emu I once loved....Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton; and, soon as the sound was heard, 
Under the dray, in the shallow hid, a something moved and stirred: 
A great tame emu strutted out. Said Saltbush, "Here's our bird!" 
Bur Rooster Hall, and his cronies two, drove home without a word. 

The passing stranger within his gates that camps with old Rooster Hall 
Must talk about something else than fowls, if he wishes to talk at all. 
For the record lies in the local Court, and filed in its deepest vault, 
That Pete...Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton

"But the native cats have taen the fowls, 
They havena left a leg; 
And he'll get nae omelette at a' 
Till the emu lays an egg!" 

"Rin doon, rin doon, my little son Jack, 
To whaur the emus bide, 
Ye shall find the auld hen on the nest, 
While the auld cock sits beside. 

"But speak them fair, and speak them saft, 
Lest they kick ye a fearsome jolt. 
Ye can gi' them a feed of thae half-inch nails 
Or a rusty carriage bolt." 

So little son Jack ran blith...Read More

by Noonuccal, Oodgeroo
...e old ways 
Gone now and scattered. 
The scrubs are gone, the hunting and the laughter. 
The eagle is gone, the emu and the kangaroo are gone from this place. 
The bora ring is gone. 
The corroboree is gone. 
And we are going.'...Read More

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