for those war leaves behind......................  

wickedeasy 66F  
14999 posts
5/29/2006 5:40 am
for those war leaves behind......................

"I walk down the garden-paths,
And all the daffodils
Are blowing, and the bright blue squills.
I walk down the patterned garden-paths
In my stiff, brocaded gown.
With my powdered hair and jeweled fan,
I too am a rare
Pattern. As I wander down
The garden-paths.
My dress is richly figured,
And the train
Makes a pink and silver stain
On the gravel, and the thrift
Of the borders.
Just a plate of current fashion,
Tripping by in high-heeled, ribboned shoes.
Not a softness anywhere about me,
Only whalebone and brocade.
And I sink on a seat in the shade
Of a lime tree. For my passion
Wars against the stiff brocade.
The daffodils and squills
Flutter in the breeze
As they please.
And I weep;
For the lime-tree is in blossom
And one small flower has dropped upon my bosom.

And the splashing of waterdrops
In the marble fountain
Comes down the garden-paths.
The dripping never stops.
Underneath my stiffened gown
Is the softness of a woman bathing in a marble basin,
A basin in the midst of hedges grown
So thick, she cannot see her lover hiding,
But she guesses he is near,
And the sliding of the water
Seems the stroking of a dear
Hand upon her.
What is Summer in a fine brocaded gown!
I should like to see it lying in a heap upon the ground.
All the pink and silver crumpled up on the ground.

I would be the pink and silver as I ran along the paths,
And he would stumble after,
Bewildered by my laughter.
I should see the sun flashing from his sword-hilt and the buckles on his shoes.
I would choose
To lead him in a maze along the patterned paths,
A bright and laughing maze for my heavy-booted lover.
Till he caught me in the shade,
And the buttons of his waistcoat bruised my body as he clasped me,
Aching, melting, unafraid.
With the shadows of the leaves and the sundrops,
And the plopping of the waterdrops,
All about us in the open afternoon--
I am very like to swoon
With the weight of this brocade,
For the sun sifts through the shade.

Underneath the fallen blossom
In my bosom,
Is a letter I have hid.
It was brought to me this morning by a rider from the Duke.
"Madam, we regret to inform you that Lord Hartwell
Died in action Thursday se'nnight."
As I read it in the white, morning sunlight,
The letters squirmed like snakes.
"Any answer, Madam," said my footman.
"No," I told him.
"See that the messenger takes some refreshment.
No, no answer."
And I walked into the garden,
Up and down the patterned paths,
In my stiff, correct brocade.
The blue and yellow flowers stood up proudly in the sun,
Each one.
I stood upright too,
Held rigid to the pattern
By the stiffness of my gown.
Up and down I walked,
Up and down.

In a month he would have been my husband.
In a month, here, underneath this lime,
We would have broke the pattern;
He for me, and I for him,
He as Colonel, I as Lady,
On this shady seat.
He had a whim
That sunlight carried blessing.
And I answered, "It shall be as you have said."
Now he is dead.

In Summer and in Winter I shall walk
Up and down
The patterned garden-paths
In my stiff, brocaded gown.
The squills and daffodils
Will give place to pillared roses, and to asters, and to snow.
I shall go
Up and down
In my gown.
Gorgeously arrayed,
Boned and stayed.
And the softness of my body will be guarded from embrace
By each button, hook, and lace.
For the man who should loose me is dead,
Fighting with the Duke in Flanders,
In a pattern called a war.
Christ! What are patterns for?

-- Amy Lowell

You cannot conceive the many without the one.

warmandsexy52 64M
13164 posts
5/29/2006 6:02 am

What an amazing way to have woven words. Remarkable, powerful, wonderful - I really love this.

warm xx

wickedeasy replies on 5/29/2006 7:33 am:
i like that when you read it allowed, the pauses are like gasps of breath, and the small ryhmes, hidden in the lack of pattern, make a stronger impression

i love it too

clitalicious67 49F

5/29/2006 6:40 am

Great post!! C~

wickedeasy replies on 5/29/2006 7:34 am:
wish i could write like that - sighs

rm_gerson42 52M
2419 posts
5/29/2006 7:21 am

That is a sad story, a story of many Im sure.

wickedeasy replies on 5/29/2006 7:36 am:
it is the story that lies untold behind every story of a life lost to war, of the heroes that gave those lives and the ones left behind to mourn them

read it aloud - the pauses and the syntax are even more striking

wickedeasy 66F  
25463 posts
5/29/2006 9:33 am

aloud - god i hate spellcheck sometimes

You cannot conceive the many without the one.

MaggiesWishes 59F

5/29/2006 9:27 pm

Wonderful choice of prose. Loved it, entirely.
Thank you for sharing this.

warm wishes 2ya sis
thanks for visiting me

NGs_lady 64F
762 posts
5/30/2006 11:32 pm

Wonderful post call me.

Hugs and love

NGs_lady/Lady Stee

papyrina 51F
21133 posts
5/31/2006 5:29 am

flaunders fields is always a beautiful haunting place

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