The Restaurant by Byron Beynon

By Wasafiri Editor on August 9, 2021 in


Lingering on this tropical esplanade  

I watch at low tide  

the restaurant of mud  

that softly feeds the waterbirds.  

The second day of a Queensland winter  

in a humid, rich June  

as the carriage of the pelican  

rests, shares the fizzy ground  

with the straw-necked ibis  

plodding his stilts  

through the devouring  

smell of the sea.  



Byron Beynon‘s work has appeared in several publications including AgendaThe London MagazineCyphers, The IndependentQuadrant and Poetry Wales.  His selected poems appeared in 2018 (Bilingual: English/Romanian – published by Bibliotecha Universalis/Collectiile/ Revistei ‘Orizont Literar Contemporan’, translations by Dr Monica Manolachi, University of Bucharest). 

Readers with a digital subscription, or institutional access, can read Byron Beynon’s ‘A Musician’s Ear’ in Wasafiri 105.

Image courtesy Alex Wigan via Unsplash