Thursday, December 11, 2014

Who Dreamed That Coming Back To Life Would Be This Way

who dreamed that coming back to life would be this way?
pink blossoms flaring in the cold and snows flowing away
and the trickle of Time under the ice gives way.

little by little the numbness in the soul will melt as well
and trance by trance be freed from the evil spell.
the Princess in rose again in the garden;

the birds quickening in the bird-cherry tree
and all the ships at sea and all the ships at sea
at the same tangerine instant: portside

and children are brave again with oranges in their hands

mary angela douglas 11 december 2014


Note on the poem: the bird-cherry tree is a cherry tree especially loved by the film maker Andrei Tarkovsky. It is indicated slightly in this poem-painting in tribute to him.