In Love of Ruth

At the entry of the Great Court

Where the Women’s Fountain

Splashed in refreshing water,

I paused with my load

Of books.

I saw empty new benches

On the late Saturday afternoon.

I turn to exit and

The emotions overcame.

The lost-ness of the Past.

It was Lady Nostalgia

Spring forth in Waters.

No, I did not want to relive.

It has rightly gone.

I remember the youth

In feminine memory.

Our university days.

Then what I wanted

Was to live in the Future.

Now, that I Am

In that Future,

Although Not what I expected,

It is Who I Am

In Where I Am.

A Campus of Lost Souls.




Image Collage: International Federation of University Women, Monument Australia ; The Great Court, University of Queensland, Southern Entry.

From Monument Australia:

The International Federation of University Women (IFUW), renamed Graduate Women International (GWI), is an international organization for women university graduates. IFUW was founded in the wake of the First World War by both British and North American college and university workers who were hoping to contribute to congenial relations between women of different nationalities. Nearly 90 years later, GWI continues to advocate for women’s rights, equality and empowerment through the access to quality secondary and tertiary education, and training up to the highest levels. The goal is for 100% of girls and women worldwide to achieve an education beyond primary school.




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Neville Buch (Pronounced Book) Ph.D. is a certified member of the Professional Historians Association (Queensland). Since 2010 he has operated a sole trade business in history consultancy. He was a Q ANZAC 100 Fellow 2014-2015 at the State Library of Queensland. Dr Buch was the PHA (Qld) e-Bulletin, the monthly state association’s electronic publication, and was a member of its Management Committee. He is the Managing Director of the Brisbane Southside History Network.

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