Night Watch by Davina Allison


– 1993


Did the night-birds call

as they starred

you with white myrtle flowers

and did you number

your loves

to the dark that closed your green,

green eyes –

reach to touch

a blank sky

or the wild lantana scrub

and barbed wire

that wreathed you that night –

and did they keep

their watch – my love –

hold you

against the long boned-silk

of their wings.


Davina’s work has been published in numerous literary and online journals including The Lampeter Review, Poetry Scotland, The Glasgow Review of Books, The Galway Review, Eremos, Dappled Things, Writ Poetry Review, The Australian Poetry Journal, The Literateur, Poem and Dish, and Eureka Street. She has a degree in Classics, a Masters in Applied Linguistics (Honours), and a PhD in Text Linguistics. 

Image Source:  Jordan Whitfield