Benjamin Blake, Summer 2017

The Rambling Park of My Youth 



Through wrought-iron gates

Sits an empty football field

Mist-edged grass, host to dawn-frolicking rabbits

A serpentine path leads into the surrounding woodlands

Twists and twines through towering trees

Down to the river’s edge

These waters have seen their fair share of skin

And the dampened soil and sand of its banks

Have relished the warmth of young buttocks

Pressed close in the dappled summer sun

As a falcon watches beneath a canopy of exotic foliage

The both of us waiting

‘til time is opportune




Benjamin Blake was born in the July of 1985, and grew up in the small town of Eltham, New Zealand. He is the author of the poetry and prose collections, A Prayer for Late October, Southpaw Nights, Reciting Shakespeare with the Dead, and Standing on the Threshold of Madness, and the novel, The Devil’s Children. Find more of his work at

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