The fox and the honeyeater | Rozanna Lilley

My mother told

how the red fox

came visiting that winter


My father found

her one night

in the lean-to kitchen

amber eyes alight


After that

they spent time together

standing side-by-side

considering the day’s scraps


That was the way

she loved him most −

gentling wild animals


If he was still here

I could tell him

about the honeyeater

who flew inside


How, washing up,

I heard the rush of wings

and swift turning

saw her curved beak


When I slid

the double-doors open

she returned

to the summer garden


Our tandem hearts

slowing

to the same steady beat







Rozanna Lilley’s poetry has appeared in newspapers, literary journals and anthologies. Her hybrid prose-poetry memoir, Do Oysters Get Bored? A Curious Life (UWA Publishing, 2018), was shortlisted for the National Biography Award in 2019. A poetry collection, The Lady in the Bottle, will be published by Eyewear in the UK in 2021.