Almanac Poetry: Get Me My Cloak and Staff!



Legend of St Francis: 15. Sermon to the Birds, by Giotto, 1297-99, Fresco, 270 x 200 cm, Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi, Italy.



Get Me My Cloak and Staff!


Animals love me
like St. Francis of Assisi.
Twittering, brightly coloured birds
flutter about my head when I walk,
nest in my hair.
Cats leap onto my lap
to be tickled.
Dogs leave their owners and bound to me,
wanting to play ball.
I don’t know why
I’ve been blessed with this gift.
I should use it more.




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Kevin Densley is a graduate of both Deakin University and The University of Melbourne. He has taught writing and literature in numerous Victorian universities and TAFES. He is a poet and writer-in-general. His fifth book-length poetry collection, Please Feed the Macaws ... I'm Feeling Too Indolent, was published in late 2023 by Ginninderra Press. He is also the co-author of ten play collections for young people, as well as a multi Green Room Award nominated play, Last Chance Gas, which was published by Currency Press. Other writing includes screenplays for educational films.


  1. Very nice, KD. I really enjoyed this.

  2. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Smokie – very pleased you did.

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