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This Shade


This is my mother’s childhood home, my own.

Late summer:  bushels warp in orchard grass,

The apples drop into an insect drone

Pervasive as this shade; we sense the past.

Mnemonic as the taste of late, warm fruit,

This arbor and its sentimental blur

Of earth and roses resurrect those brute,

Voracious children we forget we were.

The broad leaves stir along the vine—intrusion

Gentle as this present—where my mother

Steps beneath a vegetable confusion

Savage as our hold on one another.

Beyond this tangle of espaliers, noon

Passes in the shadow of a perfect arc;

Here bees have sucked the ripe grapes dry, and soon

The skins will settle, sweeter for the dark.


Suzanne Doyle



© 1992 Suzanne J. Doyle.  Used by permission.



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