specifications for an orchard by Hilaire



Hilaire is co-author with Joolz Sparkes of London Undercurrents, published by Holland Park Press. She was poet-in-residence at Thrive Battersea in 2017, and has poems published in numerous magazines and in three anthologies from The Emma Press.

For the London Undercurrents blog:























an old brick wall

as tall as a giant

bearded with moss and buddleia

curved like a protecting arm


a wooden door

in a throttle of brambles

its purpose long lost to itself


grass, wherever it can get,

each chlorophyll pennant

jostling for sunlight


a gang of pollen-traffickers

bizz-buzzing and flitting


a chair with no sitter

listing to starboard


and four fruit trees,

pear and apples,

left to get on with it.


their crop is bountiful.

there’s no sign in the orchard

against trespass.





First published in OL’ CHANTY – Chanticleer Magazine Online.


park yourself here by Hilaire