The Local Heron by John Kelly

The poem by the broadcaster and writer John Kelly is extracted from Space, his new volume of poetry, published by Dedalus Press

John Kelly: Space, his new volume of poetry, is published by Dedalus Press

The local heron passes

low above the house.

He’s made of canvas,

wood and string –

wide and wonky, sailing

through his own

half-hearted utterance –

Leonardo’s flying machine,

just about airborne.

If he goes any slower

he’ll tumble and crash

like a broken umbrella.

His brief metallic echo

is the hacked-up feather

of a poem

sucked ruinously away.

He doesn’t seem to care.

He doesn’t know I’m here

to always overplay the thing –