A long section of the grassy bank beside
the ornamental lake is roped-off –
a pair of Canada Geese is nesting,
the first in the history of the Park
with its long-serving Coots and Mallards.
We sit on a bench and contemplate the geese –
almost as big as Mute Swans; adept
colonisers, considered still, after
three hundred years, non-native; this chance pair
perhaps blown off course between raucous lagoons.
We are distracted by raised voices
from the opposite bank –