Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
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Poem by Brendan Galvin -

Here is an interesting poem to contemplate as we sit in summer, though on the downward turn now toward winter.   Happy day of color and greens and play.  It seems a good many people have today off.  Even Steve took today off, so for those who are working, perhaps, at least, it was an easy commute.


RIFFING DECIDUOUS


Summer, old bore, though we love the ways
  you reduce everything to five shades
    of green, one of these days

in a fall of soft tonnage, your stranglehold
  on the obvious must end. We need those
    deciduous farewells that reveal

from cranberry bog to hogsback,
  from seagrass to sky at dusk, not red
    but its modulations: solferino, murrey,

minium, not yellow but vitelline and those
  others nameless as the obscurer insects.
    On one of those clarified mornings,

in a nest like a straw handbag
  hung to the weather, in a fright wig out on a limb,
    in cones of grass and false beards

precariously woven, the instinctive faith
  of birds will reveal itself to a walker's eye.
    As if to prove all things must have their time,

the textures of fox sparrows will be
  no longer subtle, but flashy and necessary,
    until we can trust that if we pay attention

we'll hear the groaning into being
  of things believed in though unseen - a gasp
    as chives gain the air, and even before equinox

the sound of a rubbed balloon
  as wings chafe cold from the winter-brittle blue.


Brendan Galvin
Habitat: New and Selected Poems, 1965-2005
Louisiana State University Press
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