THE BELVEDERE


You and I with fifty valentines and

February’s sun pale on the glass!

We count the camellia’s crimson blooms –

and remember, last summer, our grandchild

shivering with ecstasy the day

she chased her daddy with the garden hose.

From here, the house seems sentient, our

remembrancer – the lawns and borders and

parts of neighbours’ houses an urban landscape.

In this wooden hexagon – a half-glazed

gazebo, its blind back turned to a high

Victorian wall festooned with ivy

and clematis – voices are naturally

intimate and revealing, privacy

in an open space. Is it remarkable

we have been friends and lovers so long?

Chance, choice, serendipity or willpower?

We opt for all four. Behind us, in shade

for most of a winter’s day, accidental

primroses are blooming.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. #1 by John Chapman - February 28th, 2012 at 12:06

    With burgeoning undertones of enforced downsizing as in the Russian and French revolutions and the temptation to accept the material difference, we cannot contemplate leaving our family history behind in this, our similar abode: every nook delivers memories so rich and so beautiful.

  2. #2 by Pat Rogerson - March 11th, 2012 at 15:08

    Beautiful, moving and so true.

  3. #3 by Adriene - January 26th, 2013 at 12:13

    Seasoned, mature love has never sounded so romantic. Beautifully done, David.

  4. #4 by Ashen Venema - February 20th, 2013 at 09:02

    … the house seems sentient, our remembrancer … Wonderful, this evocation of place, like another partner in the loving relationships.

    I found your site via Third Sunday Blog Carnival

  5. #5 by Howard Gardener - February 14th, 2014 at 15:18

    Chance, choice, serendipity or willpower?

    You forgot ‘cheesecake’ . . .

    Marvellous images throughout.

  6. #6 by Caroline Reeves - February 15th, 2014 at 09:45

    Such wondrous, flowing sentiment in those words, David. You brought a tear to my eye.

  7. #7 by David Selzer - February 15th, 2014 at 12:43

    …’cheesecake’ as in ‘images portraying women in a manner which emphasizes idealized or stereotypical sexual attractiveness’?

  8. #8 by Howard Gardener - February 15th, 2014 at 23:34

    If the cap fits, David . . .

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