This week I decided to try something a little different. Instead of writing a straightforward comparison of the two poems, I thought I would attempt writing a companion poem in my own words for each example. I hope it makes some kind of sense.
Musings on A Mid-Summer Noon in the Australian Forest by Charles Harpur
Lazy is my first feeling.
This landscape seems hot.
Rest for all so appealing.
A prize to find a cool spot.
A tiny bug captures my attention.
Fascination slowly takes hold.
The world at large held in suspension.
While this enchanting bug I behold.
Such peace requires no plunder.
Just to laze and admire the astounding
Nature and all of her wonder.
Her beauty and power abounding.
Musings on Bell-Birds by Henry Kendall
The beginning of this one more lively.
The rhythm and rhyme rolls along.
Immersed in all this it’s quite likely
To find one’s self caught up in the throng.
By the bell-bird’s song mesmerized.
Merging one’s self into nature.
This sublime connection realized.
For one moment experiencing rapture.
Now an adult I live in the city.
An uninspired soul in the sprawl.
Before I submit to self-pity,
This joyous memory I recall.