This is an excerpt from The Heron Place by David Oates

on the favored walk


on the favored walk
along the river

the place
I once saw a heron

pleases me
as much
as the heron did


it will always have a name
the heron place

or sometimes
under green alders bending

or sometimes


and in the name
the story, a small one

I can turn it over stonewise
it fits a palm nicely
swings with a rhythm
while walking