Apricot Wood (Something from the Past)

This was one of my first posts, from just over a year ago. Thought I’d give it another whirl – it originally appeared in 1986, in SPSM&H, a publication devoted to sonnets. It’s interesting to look my writing from this period. Some pieces seem to have been written by a stranger, long ago and far, far away. This one somehow seems closer.

Apricot Wood

I built a frame of apricot
wood. This was for you. The clouds float
through it even as I sleep. You wrote
once of wild herbs gathered and brought
to a lovely girl, an offering not
of passion but of some remote
desire to hear a word from the throat
of the Lord Within Clouds. I thought
of this as I chiseled the wood.
Last night it rained. I listened to
it from my bed by the open
window, hoping that the clouds would
not leave. This morning two birds flew
by. It is raining again.

34 thoughts on “Apricot Wood (Something from the Past)

  1. Beautiful poem! It has the spirit of the translations you do so well. I’ve been putting a book manuscript together. It includes work from years ago & very recent work. It’s interesting to see the changes in style & subject matter, but also the overarcing ethos that seems to hold it together. Thanks for sharing your work

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  2. Hi!
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