summer time

Tim Heffernan


(for samar)



there is a retirement expo

at kembla grange


but only yesterday

i learned that you had gone

too far


in my garden

are some plants i am trying

to keep alive


i thought the native pea

was dead in its pot

but there are a few


new shoots

and the transplanted

tree fern still has


promise in an

uncurling frond

i am sorry that


i could not


your watering



Tim Heffernan was awarded the 2016 joanne burns prize for his prose poem ‘barunga conversations’ and shortlisted in 2015 for ‘butterflies in iraq’. He is co-editor of Verity La’s, ‘Clozapine Clinic – The Frater Project.’ Tim has enjoyed exploring ‘mad poetry’ both in print and as spoken word at recent Queensland and Wollongong Writers Festivals.

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