Tory Campbell

Garranard Park

Tory Campbell

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A crisp sun rises through

branches of last season’s apples

that birds have hollowed into

lanterns. Their reds glow.

The air is an orchestra of

courtship and bickering.


I watch the pairings

from my first floor window,

nestling into the comfort and

creak of my wicker chair,

limbs tucked into me like wings.


The heating stretches and yawns

and the house shifts its weight

as though impatient for me to pick up

the courage to stand at the threshold

and step out.


Tory Campbell


Tory Campbell lives in Belfast where she is a tutor to adults with learning disability. Tory has been published in local anthologies, The Stinging Fly and The Irish Independent. She was shortlisted for the 2012 Hennessy Literary Award for Emerging Poetry and was highly commended in the 2014 Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award.