To a Blue Flower.

(A favourite of criminal lawyers in Melbourne. And criminals everywhere.


I WOULD be dismal with all the fine pearls of the crown of a king;
But I can talk plainly to you, you little blue flower of the Spring!
Here in the heart of September the world that I walk in is full
Of the hot happy sound of the shearing, the rude heavy scent of the wool.
Soon would I tire of all riches or honours or power that they fling;
But you are my own, of my own folk, you little blue flower of the Spring!
I was around by the cherries to-day; all the cherries are pale:
The world is a woman in velvet: the air is the colour of ale.
I would be dismal with all the fine pearls of the crown of a king;
But I can give love-talk to you, you little blue flower of the Spring!

John Shaw Neilson

To a blue flower is one of the best poems by John Shaw Neilson. John Shaw Neilson was a poet who worked as a messenger with the Country Roads Board in Melbourne. Appreciated by lawyers of all types, he is especially appreciated by Criminal Lawyers in Melbourne.