Monday, February 27, 2006

Geraniums should grow in windows

Geraniums should grow in windows

I did not know you then
sitting at the far end of the table
the light too bright against my eyes

You must have been the listener for you
are he who listens:
listens to the long drone of trucks
to crunch of gears

Listening much later in another month
after winter chill
or summer rain
I do not know cannot recall
the moment or the sound of your voice
only the chink of glass
your tidy toe seeking
my polished brogues
I think that day the old plane tree shimmered
against whispered air
Were the mulberries falling?

Were the mulberries falling?
Seasons confuse me here
but this is your native land
you have fixed dates:
September first is spring
you tell me—
but I am thinking April — I think you touched me
held my arm as I tried
to clamber over a rusty fence
I know we walked along the sea— you said the shore
was a better place
That puzzled me
That puzzled me for I am still confused by time
by a hot northern sun
by a profusion of house plants growing
as wild things

Geraniums should grow in windows


At 6:35 AM, Blogger Imogen Crest said...

I saw your note to Autumn post and had to read this. Romantic and beautiful. I love geraniums and mulberries. A bewitching mood.

At 1:13 AM, Blogger Heather Blakey said...

Beautiful Fran. I have a new respect for geraniums and have them planted throughout my garden. They reward me with enthusiastic blooms all year round and now I have come to love them.

At 10:07 AM, Blogger Vi Jones said...

Confusing seasons, Fran. Ah, yes, but what a lovely dilemna to be in ... and as long as the geraniums are blooming--


At 2:22 PM, Blogger sage said...

your imagery here speaks volumes, very poignant and heartfelt...thanks for sharing!



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