Almanac Poetry: Lal Lal, Victoria


Lal Lal Falls Hotel. Photo: Wikicommons



Lal Lal, Victoria


Smoke from chimneys
of forest houses.
Chilly winter morning
in the township near the waterfall.


A local cat
waits with its mistress
at the V-Line bus stop
as it always does.


Bloke is standing outside the pub
in T-shirt, shorts and boots,
blowing perfect cigarette rings
into the frosty air.



Acknowledgement: first published in Kevin’s third poetry book, Orpheus in the Undershirt (Ginninderra Press, 2018)



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Kevin Densley is a poet and writer-in-general. His work has appeared in print in Australia, the UK and the USA, as well as on many online venues. His fourth book-length poetry collection, Sacredly Profane, will be published by Ginninderra Press later in 2020. He is also the co-author of a multi Green Room Award nominated play, Last Chance Gas, which was published by Currency Press.


  1. will purcell says

    love that place kev. went hay carting there (xmas hols) while I was still at school. was so hot,, we used to buy long necks from that pub at night and lay in the falls, to cool off.

  2. Kevin Densley says

    Sounds like an excellent way to spend the Christmas holidays, Will, particularly for a young bloke!

  3. DBalassone says

    Arresting imagery Kevin. I love the clarity of the voice. I’m there. I can see this.

  4. Kevin Densley says

    Great, DB! Thanks. What you’ve said about the poem is precisely what I was aiming for. Lal Lal is certainly a lovely place to write about. I used to pass through there regularly in the V Line bus on my way to Ballarat, where I did various bits and pieces of work at the university.

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