Wombat Poetry and Art by the Rossetti Family

"The Wombat is a Joy, a Triumph, a Delight, a Madness!"  ~ Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Parted Love!
by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

O Uommibatto
by Christina Rossetti

O Uommibatto
Agil, giocondo,
Che ti sei fatto
Liscio e rotondo!
Deh non fuggire
Qual vagabondo
Non disparire
Forando il mondo:
Peso davero
D'un emisfero
Non lieve il pondo.

Wombat Sketch
by William Michael Rossetti

Ode to a Wombat
by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
(written while waiting for his mail-order wombat)

O how the family affections combat
Within this heart, and each hour flings a bomb at
My burning soul! Neither from owl nor from bat
Can peace be gained until I clasp my wombat.


Death of a Wombat
by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

I never reared the young wombat
To glad me with his pinhole eye
But when he was most sweet and fat
And tailless he was sure to die!

 (more soon, including a rare wombat portrait by Christina Rossetti!)