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A Walk in Kensington Gardens

Solitude is where writers
chatter best

a soothing static –
the ambulatory, admit it, happy
ticking over

like this afternoon
in the sweet green cold London
I watch a tall grey heron
stomping down its reed nest
that's sprouting everywhere
like garden-sheared hair

and all my living
and all my dead 
run up my arms 
like squirrels.

—Dorothy Porter

Dorothy Porter, “A Walk in Kensington Gardens” from The Bee Hut, published by Black Inc.

Copyright © 2009 Dorothy Porter.

Used by permission of Jenny Darling & Associates on behalf of the Estate of Dorothy Porter.

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About the Poet

Dorothy Porter (1954-2008) was an acclaimed Australian poet, lyricist, and librettist. Her eighth poetry collection, The Bee Hut, was published posthumously in 2009.

Learn more about Dorothy Porter at Poetry International.