‘Chaplet’ by C Murray

Chaplet

I.

A conversation amongst trees

I cannot hear what they are saying, that young girl
and the tree. Their whispers are intimate , ceaseless.

I am sunk into a conifer hedge, tamped into a wall,
threaded into the blue ivy.

This is a warm chaplet against the rain,
And I would lie here if it wasn’t for the sky-

the sky will not skew to my vision,
body conspires with green-leaf to thrust me forward.

II.

Bower

 And I am become aware that it is time for this to cease,

A mead of daisies whiten on the windward side
of a grove. Trees,
daisies are blown white beneath silver beech.

Those hues balance
for once.
And,

and If I step at once from the shelter of this close bower,
Will it hold ?

Chaplet(2003) Lambda Print, courtesy of Alice Maher and the Green on Red Gallery, Dublin.

Chaplet (2003) Lambda Print, courtesy of Alice Maher and the Green on Red Gallery, Dublin.

© C Murray

The image  Chaplet  is by Alice Maher and is used for this poem courtesy of Alice Maher and the Green on Red Gallery, Dublin, Ireland. This is a re-posting of the original Chaplet poem and image which had been password-protected for some time.

 

Chaplet, a poem by C Murray