Almanac Poetry: Holiday


Bumblebee on lavender blossom. [Wikimedia Commons.]




We’re on the verandah
of a holiday cottage
in the middle of sunlit
native bush.
Below us, bees hover
around lavender,
their buzzing a sweet, warm
musical haze.
We’re drinking lush, buttery
sampling an antipasto platter
entirely of local produce.
Last night, we made love.
after a gourmet meal
concluding with chocolates
and black Spanish sherry,
again we’ll be naked, spent,


This will never last.




(Acknowledgements: first published in Tamba journal, 2010; then in my second poetry collection, Lionheart Summer, 2011, Picaro Press – reprinted by Ginninderra Press, 2018.)



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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.

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