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 knew. 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. Yes 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.