Saturday, 13 December 2014

Winter gardening

My tiny garden looks dead now. But it's only sleeping, and there's something poetic about its messy corners in the thin December light.

Closed Bells (Medbh McGuckian, 2004)

Frost hollows
small areas of leaf
in gardenless
Wounded by the thought
of nests expanding,
they inspire
devotion of a sort,
using this world
as if not
using it to the full,
a risky limbo.
Front action
on the loose-fitting stones
and frost-broken rock
over-divides itself
and puts the spent hops
with their pinch
of old seed
off flowering.
Rust will devote itself
entirely to
that ringingly taut
and ample root,
though they will come
into flower
a close grey spring
if you study
your windswept window
bearing their colours in mind
that would find the move
too much
if they did not
answer to this blue
found between the bones:
movement towards
a touch, with two
five-nerved lips
reflexed to form a star,
or one indistinct nerve
erect and desirable
in your violet throat

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