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120514 A sonnet from Pascalle’s workshop

28 May

The end of the long cloudless afternoon
comes when the lazy birds rise from the trees.
The young men laugh and run and shout and tease
while older heads look for the rising moon.

Then later, full of cheese and bread and beer,
itinerant workers sharpen up their strings
and, all bedecked in flowers, our sweet young things
flash heels and eyes as if to say “Come here!”

But her eyes are not there within the dance.
The harvest moon recalls me to the scythe
and, remembering what it was to be alive,
I make the long strokes sing, and curse cruel chance.

Come, winter!  Come.  My mood suits you more well –
no dance for me, just lonely tales to tell.

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2 Comments

Posted by on 28 May, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

2 responses to “120514 A sonnet from Pascalle’s workshop

  1. Thomas Davis

    1 January, 2013 at 3:30 am

    What a wonderful sonnet! There is a lot of mystery here “while older heads look for the rising moon” at the end of a “long, cloudless afternoon” even as “sweet young things/flash heels and eyes…” The center of the poem is absent, “her eyes are not there within the dance.” Then the fatal lines:
    The harvest moon recalls me to the scythe
    and, remembering what it was to be alive,
    I make the long strokes sing, and curse cruel chance.
    Is the poet Death itself, the swinger of the scythe? Or a man once alive remembering what it was to be alive, longing for winter where “My mood suits you more well…”
    This strikes me as really good work.

     
    • JdUb

      2 January, 2013 at 1:07 pm

      Thank you so much, Thomas for these kind words. They were well timed.

       

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