Somewhere a Tree waits for an Angel or a Butterfly
I reach inside my heart, remove a handful of leaves autumn gathered beneath your shadow. Hieroglyphs of small dreams, lost summers the bend of clocks taking the long road home. The way you spoke their names – Copper Beech, Grey Willow, Silver Birch. My back to the bark I’m shaped like loss, each little scar longing for wings. The Belt of Venus Twice a day the blue hour flirts a lust for colour a before or after red or perhaps a scattering of cosmic dust making its way to earth along a deserted path that lovers seek. Let’s gather up that space set it down over here, it’s where we’ll meet in shadow-time when everything surprises. Where you and I are reflections in a sky high-wiring with the ease of acrobats, startled by an updraft of love. Lovers The swifts came late from their wintering grounds keeping secret their routes searching for dragonflies building indoor nests. You and I blow as thistledown wandering beach-ward seeking the sea where you tease with your stone-skimming skills and spin me towards incoming tide. I laugh and scream repeating your name you respond with silence lips finding the pale shift of my throat. Illusions I never quite managed to remove that red wine spot from my white linen dress, perhaps I didn’t try hard enough. A reminder of late night picnics on a beach where the sky hardly darkened in summer. Does the dress still smell of wistful a heady jasmine or a base note of sandalwood a promise of no promises. Last night I looked towards a shelf of light in an otherwise clouded sky I watched until it disappeared not understanding how it got there or why it was so slow to leave. Leaving This is how small a world can be the opening or closing of a door a caught kiss as it slips through the dark a need to remember hands their shape the time it takes to pull me close and the pulse of rain, unnerved by all that blue. For more follow Eileen's site http://www.eileencarneyhulme.org.uk/ Twitter: @strokingtheair Eileen has Three poetry books published Stroking The Air 2005 (bluechrome) The Space Between Rain 2010 The Stone Messenger 2015 both published by Indigo Dreams.