GARDEN OF EARTHEN DELIGHTS

The Man at the Bottom of the Garden

INCARNATION: A NOCTURNE

Once, her eyes were alight,

BEING VIRGINIA

She stepped into her final watercolour:

SNOWMAN

The snowman sensed a contended slap pat.

TOMMY

He had laid a place for her as usual.

FOUNDLING

They gather again dressed in Sunday best

AUBADE: THE GIFT - A FABLE OF FAITH

The room lay still, silent and without light.

VISIT

The young girl entered.

MIRROR MIRROR

In a land made believable, a looking-glass

AND EXQUISITE GREEN AIR

When a dull dolt plays, as opposed to thinks,

YOU WHO LIVES SAFE: IN MEMORIAM

The next time you calmly book into

LARK

Entering, she looked backwards into a dog’s eye

CUCKOO SAP

The tree stands fruitful. 

RIVER MAN

Bait awaits amongst earnest endeavours.

DRYAD: A LIVING REQUIEM

When I follow into the deep tunnel,

LOST

There was a tear, not rapid enough,

MADEINUSA

The milk of sorrow from her frightened breast

THRAWN DOROTHEA

She was a collector: a gatherer

MOON PRINCESS: A DARK ROMANCE

On the edge, the Moonraker stretched a branch

PHYSIC: A EULOGY

Outside, beyond the pale features,

PAINTED LADY

She had been beautiful once, but her skin

REBIRTH

On the horizon grows a season's robes.

BRILLIANT TREES: A VALEDICTION 

Weaving and wearing a cowl of thin skin,

LAMB 

In the beginning were her men

HYBRIDS OF PLANTS AND GHOSTS

Stretched out in my garden for two weeks

FEEDING THE SYSTEM

Da! A bag of emaciated pain lay silently in a corner,

DISTANT FIGURES

One lost you in the discarded ring

ALL HALLOWS

The window was now open: a waiting.

THIEF

Watch out:

OF MOUSE AND MEN

Up front, inside character, the temperature

TIDIED AWAY

His slack-jawed mug hung beyond mastication.

BALANCED

Whether had become a sloped, suspended question,

THE PEASANTS' TALE: everemoore

bifore we cud live proper

SIX DEGREES OF NICETY

As I stroll around in that bland, vacuous 

ELENA DOES THE LOTTERY

She adds a blue pill to his other pills.

A WOMAN LAY DYING - for Anna

The good Lord saved her a visit,

A FALL APART

He fell and hung his lungs on the handlebars.

GALE

He adjusts his contact lenses with regard.

JUST THE WIND

The bus drives past, then pulls over further up,

AWAYDAYS

The first time

SPINSTER

The red hour glass was the giveaway.

HOURS

Our time, we met in thrusting upheaval:

SEASONED

And so the heavy rains came at last.

 THE DRAUGHTSMAN

 Staid, sitting on his solid garden bench,

TOMORROW'S MEMORIES

as we pass by and create yestertime

 I AND THOU

 I look at you and there you are:

BUTTERFLIES
She had laid in bed for three days and waited
LUCIA
It is late morning: blue to bright green.
SPRING SONG
It seemed a bright, promising, sunlit spring
ENTRY AND DEPARTURE
The teapot's spout points up in a display
DAISIES AND BUTTERCUPS: A TESTIMONY
In the snowy fields, we looked like rag dolls.
BRIDGE
The water looks enticing and gravity
TRANSITIVE TABLEAU
The woman sitting in an open car
​KÖNIGIN
To travel from a far, early thirties
LADYBIRD LADYBIRD
Her secret was listening to flowers.
ROSE
Oh, Rose, where did all the years go,
PAINTER
The sky dawned in rich cerulean blue,
EXCAVATIONS
He died. She stirred. And she dug up his garden.
SONG OF THE EARTH
Fly, bel canto bird, and sing of existence.
OH, WHISPER
"What do you mean?" the whisper came.
HIDE AND SEEK
The Boy dutifully counted to one hundred,
DISSOLVING WALLS (NOV. 7th)
She lived in Hallowe'en without the treats:
DARK HORSES
The house sat tethered on plots and blue moods,
THE MOTH
Upon an eve a time alone, a moth
I THINK OF SNOW
You're standing at your picture window.
FORGOTTEN MEMORIES​
Strapped to a gurney, the pleas kept coming:
MISS HAYMES
"I'm tired of your concern, your mother-henning.
A WELCOME SIGHT . . . !
Her shapely right leg looks strangely awkward:
SEEDING
So, he meticulously
FOR DAWN: An Elegy
For one so young, a prayer indeed,

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