Luncheon On The Grass
(Poem by Wendy Howe )

That afternoon
our garden was on the verge
of Summer. Cool and warm
degrees merged into mild air.

The wind, a sly proprietor,
served the scent of lavender, some pine
while distressing our hair
to make braids, pageboy and chignon
seem wantonly chic.

Our taller brothers laughed
with rolled-up shirt sleeves, hands
delving into trouser pockets
as if they were hiding
coins or cards for a magic trick.

But as I sketched
my older sister, I thought
they were storing news.
in a safe but secret place:
an engagement ring,
keys to a sports car
or maybe tickets
to the most dazzling show
in Paris, Gilbert Becaud
in concert.

I could feel melodies
from "Et maintenant"
and "Je reviens te chercher"
blending like two rivers
at the edge of my mind

flowing outward
into the grass-sweet mouth
of Coblence.

© 2011, Wendy Howe. E-mail.

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