My townhouse neighbour snubs me bald head averted, sniffs with disdain as I pass by. Because I won’t contribute to the cost of his solar panels. His dog loves me. A feisty Labradoodle, she always stops at my front door to sniff the plants, waits for her pat and a cuddle. He’s left on the stairs nose out of joint, shouting for her in his twangy accent, dangling the empty leash. And I am glad!
Margaret Bradstock has eight published collections of poetry, including The Pomelo Tree (winner of the Wesley Michel Wright Prize) and Barnacle Rock (winner of the Woollahra Festival Award, 2014). Editor of Antipodes (2011) and Caring for Country (2017), Margaret won the Banjo Paterson Poetry Award in 2014, 2015 and 2017. Her latest collection, from Puncher & Wattmann, is Brief Garden (2019).