Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Kerry Hardie: "May"

(for Marian)
The bless├Ęd stretch and ease of it—
heart’s ease. The hills blue. All the flowering weeds
bursting open. Balm in the air. The birdsong
bouncing back out of the sky. The cattle
lain down in the meadow, forgetting to feed.
The horses swishing their tails.
The yellow flare of furze on the near hill.
And the first cream splatters of blossom
high on the thorns where the day rests longest.

All hardship, hunger, treachery of winter forgotten.
This unfounded conviction: forgiveness, hope.

"May" by Kerry Hardie, from A Furious Place (Gallery Books, 1997). Text as posted on Jelisava.

Art credit: "Cow in Flowers," photograph taken on July 24, 2009, by Bob.



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