RR poems: Index of first lines


Spied a girl a spot so gay


Spied a girl a spot so gay.

Paused she there a while to play,

Stayed in sun, then winters rain,

Stayed a year, and thrice again.


Joy she found, and sadness too,

Friends she made are tried-and-true.

Came a girl so young and gay,

Lady now, she cannot stay.


How to leave a place so dear?

Spares the old a tender tear,

Prays for faith and guidance true,

Boldly turns to meet the new.


Roger Riordan. ~1959

(This poem was inspired by a girl who came from Tasmania to study at Melbourne University.
She joined the Melbourne University Mountaineering Club, where she met the man she subsequently married.)
Sadly she died a few years later from a brain tumour
 © Roger Riordan 2004-2019