fireplace

fireplace
august 2021

fireplace
in that neighbourhood of dusk, the familiar closing dangerously in…

along
that horizon
greys of
cold ash raked
out on sea,
poke through
of sun
last ember

in neighbourhood
of dusk the air
sprung with
rain along
a street you
sprint-stumbled
to manhood upon,
on softened lawn
forever’s
hop one
dark away
in blackbird’s
cluck and eye,
the grass
a narrow
shimmering
late with memory
as it squelches
up into heart
round your
shoe,
memory so
confused with
evening,
the stars you
pinpoint to
where a
letterbox,
a front window,
a hedge
might have
been,
a fight,
chase and run
might have
happened,
memories
that
brook no
belonging

Copyright © 2021 Peter Le Baige. All Rights Reserved

The music for the reading is from the second of Robert Schumann’s ‘3 Romanzen’ (3 Romances), dedicated to his future bride, Clara Schumann, and performed here by Claudio Arrau.

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