birds still talking

even this late, with the sun peddling
downhill, birds are still talking
as warm bricks
leftover from noon
cook ants
and soothe the ache in my back,
watching the lid on the letterbox
swing, click and squeak

I am taking hope seriously
in weather this good, no jumper
and no shoes –
it’s getting better for walks
along the river after work,
when all the mind can manage
is little sounds of appreciation,
when words would
only cloud things over, burden
everything with meaning.

first published in Island #123, featured in the forthcoming collection between giants

17 thoughts on “birds still talking

      • What have you been doing your honours in? I noticed that you are teaching media and english. I have just finished my honours thesis on the Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands-based poetry of Mark Miller and Mark Tredinnick, discussing how their poetry resonates with the British Romantic sensibilities for intimacy, spirituality and dwelling with and in nature. It was a fun project!

  1. “What have you been doing your honours in? I noticed that you are teaching media and english. I have just finished my honours thesis on the Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands-based poetry of Mark Miller and Mark Tredinnick, discussing how their poetry resonates with the British Romantic sensibilities for intimacy, spirituality and dwelling with and in nature. It was a fun project!”
    – Rhiannon

    On Poetry in Travel Narratives, using a short collection of my own as part of the investigation of the tourist experience – two years by distance while teaching full time, so it’s been a juggling act 🙂

    Yours sounds great – fantastic that you’re investigating contemporary poets too – and the Romantic sensibilities are fascinating to me – they have such vision, even if they liked to hide the writing process!

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