1 Oct 2017

Poem 10

Blossoms poking over the garden wall

Part 1

The conceit of thinking I can be a parent,
that I can succeed where others fail;
then failing in exactly the same way,
and inflicting this on a child.

            blossoms poking up over garden walls: spring

The fear of being ordinary, of doing what is expected.

            blossoms poking over the garden wall

Gift unwrapped, seeds spilling from a ripe pomegranate.

            blossoms poking over the garden wall

The bare feet of a little girl in a shop, cold linoleum, summer.

           blossoms poking over the garden wall



Part 2

Much more than blossom glimpsed over a wall, daughter,
you are a garden, filled with pungent flowers.


(part 1 first published in Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology III {2013} and on this blog: here (poem for January 2017))

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