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Vonda Stanley's collection of early Australian bush poems

THE LITTLE SHOES THAT DIED

 

These are the little shoes that died.

We could not keep her still,

But all day long her busy feet

Danced to her eager will.

Leaving the body's loving warmth,

The spirit ran outside;

Then from the shoes they slipped her feet,

And the little shoes died.

Mary Gilmore

Mary Gilmore was born near Goulburn N S W on 16th August 1865.  She died in Sydney on 3rd December 1962.  Dame of the O B E 1936 for services to Australian literature.  In 1908 founded the Women's Page of the Sydney "Worker" which she edited for 23 years.

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