Tenants of the Grove by Peter Jordan

11/28/17 04:24:27PM
112 posts


Your month. Lingering heat. No sound

from the harsh worldnothing to tear

the slumberous air but cawing, at times.

Stillness, except where a leaf hangs high

from a spider-thread. And nearer than the mossed floor,

though more distant too than a Baghdad pavement

all over blood, that russet heath

with three picnickers under a low sun.

Even your smile then spoke a bruised mind,

still I could feel you'd found there, not joy, no

October in your heart from a boy, but something

like calm. As now I might do, only

the thought of you, this livid leaf, jigs on.



A footfall on the litter behind me? So light

not the ogre Care's then, for all these thistle thoughts.

And why think, turning, to see you here? Well,

it was at this faded time of the season's fag-end,

in the calm before what must come, I found

pity rooting where fondness couldn't,

and might have asked what I'd ask you now.

The day turns its page. How to read it, light curdling,

life so laconic! A patter of mast?

updated by @americymru: 11/28/17 04:29:15PM