The Poetry of John Syrmis
Maleny Queensland Australia

THE RHYME OF REBIRTH
WHEN ONE UNDERSTANDS
THE POETRY OF POWER
ANTHEM
WITH GOD ON OUR SIDE
THE DREAM CREATION
OF WHAT MEANS SO MUCH
TO SING THE SAME SIMPLE SONG
ON A TUESDAY AFTERNOON
IN THE COUNTRY OR THE TOWN
IN THE COUNTRY OR THE TOWN

So I turned to consider Wisdom and madness and folly I saw that Wisdom
excels folly as light excels darkness . The wise man has eyes in his head
but the fool walks in darkness , and yet I perceived that one fate comes to
all of them . I said to myself , why then have I been so very wise ?
/ so I hated all my toil in which I had toiled under the sun. seeing that I must
leave it to the man who will come after me and who knows whether he will be
a wise man or a fool this is vanity and a great evil
Ecclesiastes .

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IN THE COUNTRY OR THE TOWN

WHAT’S YOUR NAME ?
WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER ?
WHAT’S IT MATTER ANYWAY ?
IN THE LONG RUN
IN THE SHORT RUN
YOU’RE ONLY HERE FOR ONE MORE DAY

PLAY YOUR CARDS
LAY THEM DOWN
IN THE COUNTRY OR THE TOWN
THROUGH A DESERT
ON THE OCEAN
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE WHERE YOU’RE BOUND ?

WHAT’S YOUR PLACE ?
WHERE’S YOUR HOME NOW ?
DUST TO DUST THE ASHES LIE
ACROSS THE RIVER
THROUGH THE FIELD
BEYOND THE PLACE WHERE EAGLES FLY ?

TAKE YOUR CHANCES
CHOOSE YOUR TIME
WATCH EACH WINDOW FOR A SIGN
SEE THE REASON
SING THE SONG
TOMORROWS HERE AND NOW IT’S GONE

WHAT’S YOUR PROMISE ?
WHAT’S YOUR PRIZE ?
WHAT’S YOUR ANSWER TRUTH OR LIES ?
WHAT’S YOUR COLOUR ?
WHAT’S YOUR CREED ?
WHAT’S YOUR REASON TO BELIEVE ?

PLAY YOUR CARDS
LAY THEM DOWN
IN THE COUNTRY OR THE TOWN
THROUGH A DESERT
ON THE OCEAN
WHAT’S IT MATTER WHERE YOU’RE BOUND ?

© JOHN. A. SYRMIS.







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