PN Review Print and Online Poetry Magazine
Most Read... Rebecca WattsThe Cult of the Noble Amateur
(PN Review 239)
Mark FordLetters And So It Goes
Letters from Young Mr Grace
(aka John Ashbery)

(PN Review 239)
Henry Kingon Toby Martinez de las Rivas
(PN Review 244)
Eavan BolandA Lyric Voice at Bay
(PN Review 121)
Vahni CapildeoOn Judging Prizes, & Reading More than Six Really Good Books
(PN Review 237)
Tim Parksin conversation with Natalia Ginzburg
(PN Review 49)
Next Issue Colm Toibin on Thom Gunn's Letters Allice Hiller and Sasha Dugdale in conversation David Herman on the life of Edward W. Said Jena Schmitt on Hope Mirrlees Brian Morton: Now the Trees
Poems Articles Interviews Reports Reviews Contributors
PNR 250 Poetry Archive Banner
PN Review New Issue

This poem is taken from PN Review 253, Volume 46 Number 5, May - June 2020.

Life-Cycle of the Herring Gull Horatio Morpurgo
      dedicated to all who held Waterloo Bridge for Extinction Rebellion 15th – 21st April 2019

In the privacy of a side-street, off-season,            
Two herring gulls are humping in the empty driveway
Of somebody’s second home – and how
All of that seems only yesterday when

I step out one night to a whooshing
And a swooping feathered form from which
I flinch although it is only nature’s way
To let me know they will once again be

Nesting on my neighbour’s roof. From now on
That round-the-clock chimney-top look-out
Counts us in and out. There will be
Tight security around the first barbecue.

August again brings narrow coast-roads all a-glitter
With traffic tailed back for miles in the heat.
How their grey fuzzy young fill out, come quickly into focus

Searching, please wait... animated waiting image