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Poem: Evensong at Beecher’s Brook

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The countryside about Holbrook in southern New South Wales is the subject of this week’s Poet’s Corner contribution from Pat Lee of Adelaide.

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Evensong at Beecher’s Brook

via Holbrook, NSW

On the third rain day
as we sat in the evening coolness,
green-glazed-gold on the north-east hills
slipped away with the settling sun,
and the creek with water,
and the busying ants,
and the birds with song

Through clean green leaves
came whimsical notes of wind-chimes,
and the music rose,
as the tiniest twitterings
ebbed and flowed
with the blue-winged-banking
of circling swallows,
and fairy blue wrens,
skipping at garden’s edge
turned high trills to arcs of song.
Magpies warbled evening vespers
over a noisy confusion of galahs
restlessly roosting in red gums.
Then, listening closely we heard,
disappearing in distance
wild shrieks from the white cockatoos,
as kookaburras laughed away the dry.

the drought had broken.

Pat Lee began writing poetry in 2011 and joined Friendly Street Poets in 2012. First published in the 2013 Friendly Street Poetry Reader 37, her poems have since appeared in other Friendly Street Readers, and in a number of other poetry publications both here and in New Zealand.

With Parkinson’s disease, she received an Arts SA Richard Llewellyn Arts & Disability emerging artist mentorship grant in 2014. Pat feels that in today’s consumer-driven, fast-paced world, many in society don’t connect with or even notice, the natural world around them any more. She would like her poetry to encourage otherwise.

Readers’ original and unpublished poems of up to 40 lines can be emailed, with postal address, to A poetry book will be awarded to each contributor.

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