Five Branch Tree

  • Duo as the Light is Going
    -- W S Merwin 
    Those two go on with what they are saying
    at the ends of their long
    lengthening shadows
    while the sun sinks in silence
    the one gesturing is Painted On
    boasting even in silhouette
    to Burned In who in response
    says not a thing

  • [ Summer ; Leo John Meissner (1929) ].....

    [via dreaming in the deep south]

  • Bleecker Street, Summer
    --Derek Walcott

    Summer for prose and lemons, for nakedness and languor,
    for the eternal idleness of the imagined return,
    for rare flutes and bare feet, and the August bedroom
    of tangled sheets and the Sunday salt, ah violin!

    When I press summer dusks together, it is
    a month of street accordions and sprinklers
    laying the dust, small shadows running from me.

    It is music opening and closing, Italia mia, on Bleecker,
    ciao, Antonio, and the water-cries of children
    tearing the rose-coloured sky in streams of paper;
    it is dusk in the nostrils and the smell of water
    down littered streets that lead you to no water,
    and gathering islands and lemons in the mind.

    There is the Hudson, like the sea aflame.
    I would undress you in the summer heat,
    and laugh and dry your damp flesh if you came.

  • [ Polka Dots & Moonbeams ; Bud Powell (1953) ]

  • Summer Syntax
    -- Peter Cole 
    Saxifrage, arabis, phlox;
    lobelia, euphorbia, nasturtium;
    coreopsis, guara, flax;
    brunnera, salvia, rubrum; 
    delphinium, snapdragon, alyssum;
    bacopa, yarrow, thyme;
    viola, cress, chrysanthemum,
    convolvulus and clematis that climb 
    over the flowering fescue,
    the prairie mallow, and sage,
    with Lucerne sisyrinchium to the rescue
    of spirit surveying the cage 
    of its inching calibrations ?
    luring us out to stare
    into this constellation?s
    efflorescence as        everywhere.