We walk along the river in Arrowtown
from full sun to dappled shade to welcome shadow.
Trees hum with a green to remember
as the shallow water trips and twists over rock bed.
We find the fat little jewels of blackberries
race back to our childhoods as we share each bounty
kiss clean each other’s purple-stained fingers
recall the tenderness of us.
J V Birch lives in Adelaide. Her poems have appeared in anthologies, journals and magazines across Australia, the UK, Canada and the US. She has two collections – Smashed glass at midnight and What the water & moon gave me – published by Ginninderra Press, and is currently working on her third. She blogs at www.jvbirch.com.