Thursday, December 6, 2007

The View

//the view

The View
by Elizabeth Southwood

Gray white-edged clouds
blow by,
of white blossoms seeming to sweep them
along like quaint hearth brooms made from
our ancient plum
with pale green lichen crusting soft-gray limbs.
I limp by your side,
cautious from tripping...

Was the view always this clear?
Houses like white gift boxes
ribboned with waving green,
rimmed on the far side by
slate-dark bay, camel hills and sky.
We stand on the edge
of the cliff every day.
I hang onto the plum’s rough trunk
and stare at the view,
memorizing it with you.

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