Sunday, 10 June 2012

As Spring Yields to Summer

I only see her when she’s out,
the woman across the way,
pushing her lawnmower
that has no engine,
the grating of squeaky wheels,
its whirling, rusty blades,
the sound of a hundred haircuts.
A fumeless, slicing symphony,
the grass wafting fresh
and green.

Day and night
through my windowsill
and all is
as it should be:

cat eyes narrow to slits
at the first burst of light,
squirrels play tag,
bumblebees collect, send static
through the afternoon,

dogs howl at three-quarter moons
and backyard Copernicans
at the shadows on lunar scars.

A couple kiss and rock
on gently swinging seats,
embrace, sigh into sleep,
and dawn comes back again,
announced by startled yawns
and singing larks.

As Spring yields to Summer,
tulips slump head-first,
vibrancy fades, reds go rose,
goldenrod yellows,
joining the ordinary
around us.

There’s my neighbour
riding his bicycle, narrowly missed
by a milk truck,
Ms. April May receiving delivery,
twice weekly, half a quart,
that, and measurements
long thought dead
still heaving
their penultimate breath.

Andreas Gripp


  1. A lovely pre-Summer offering.

    I always feel when I read you (and I don't know how it's done)that the sordid ugly realities of the world around me get pushed to the side (albeit momentarily), crowded out by the roses and leaf-nipping kittens. What a lovely pause...

    It's your 'gift'.

  2. Hi Conrad,

    thanks for checking this out and for your nice comments. they mean a lot to me.

    i'm happy to defer the brutality that exists in our world whenever i get the chance (though at times, that, too, is something i tend to return to as my earlier work was more raw & gritty, though, as i scribed in my "Angel Clare" poem, "he may never leave the trees to write of death and blood again."