The feel of slow time

A new poem

about a little time together…

largo

Come.

Abide with me.

We know enough

to sit, content,

not even a word between us.

No need to speak,

we mutely share our delight

at day’s end in

our accustomed bower.

A pattering rain comes and goes,

the shower scents remain,

and lingering drops escape

from drooping leaves,

to make a different silence,

and we have time to listen.

May 19, 2016

[I’m delighted to mention that this poem was inspired by a fellow poet’s musing, “One Way to Spend an Afternoon Together.” Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer posted her poem (click here) on her website, http://ahundredfallingveils.com, on May 17, 2016. Rosemerry regularly writes poignant free verse that appeals to me. This one ends thus: “…Though the rain/is gone, the scent of rain persists./If we are quiet long enough,/it will say everything that must be said.” Often I take up the challenge of riffing on another poet’s work. In this case, I imagined I could write a scene in which there would be enough time for listening.]

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