Henry Lawson ( )


Past Carin


Now up and down the siding brown 
The great black crows are flyin, 
And down below the spur, I know, 
Another `milkers dyin; 
The crops have withered from the ground, 
The tanks clay bed is glarin, 
But from my heart no tear nor sound, 
For I have gone past carin -- 
Past worryin or carin, 
Past feelin aught or carin; 
But from my heart no tear nor sound, 
For I have gone past carin. 

Through Death and Trouble, turn about, 
Through hopeless desolation, 
Through flood and fever, fire and drought, 
And slavery and starvation; 
Through childbirth, sickness, hurt, and blight, 
And nervousness an scarin, 
Through bein left alone at night, 
Ive got to be past carin. 
Past botherin or carin, 
Past feelin and past carin; 
Through city cheats and neighbours spite, 
Ive come to be past carin. 

Our first child took, in days like these, 
A cruel week in dyin, 
All day upon her fathers knees, 
Or on my poor breast lyin; 
The tears we shed -- the prayers we said 
Were awful, wild -- despairin! 
Ive pulled three through, and buried two 
Since then -- and Im past carin. 
Ive grown to be past carin, 
Past worryin and wearin; 
Ive pulled three through and buried two 
Since then, and Im past carin. 

Twas ten years first, then came the worst, 
All for a dusty clearin, 
I thought, I thought my heart would burst 
When first my man went shearin; 
Hes drovin in the great North-west, 
I dont know how hes farin; 
For I, the one that loved him best, 
Have grown to be past carin. 
Ive grown to be past carin 
Past lookin for or carin; 
The girl that waited long ago, 
Has lived to be past carin. 

My eyes are dry, I cannot cry, 
Ive got no heart for breakin, 
But where it was in days gone by, 
A dull and empty achin. 
My last boy ran away from me, 
I know my tempers wearin, 
But now I only wish to be 
Beyond all signs of carin. 
Past wearyin or carin, 
Past feelin and despairin; 
And now I only wish to be 
Beyond all signs of carin.



Henry Lawson's other poems:
  1. To an Old Mate
  2. Jack Dunn of Nevertire
  3. The Heart of Australia
  4. The Bush Girl
  5. Fall in, My Men, Fall in


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