The Absent Presence
2004 by Ellin Anderson


Ellin Anderson

My joy could not be tethered;
It leapt into the sky
The hue filled all the harbor,
Like petals carried high
Above a blush reflected
In prisms on the sea:
Wild roses cast on water
And carried back to me.

This was the fruit of candor,
Of love that spoke to love;
But blushes speak of slander,
And, like fuchsia on a dove,
My petals faded with the light
The common, mourning grey
That carries sunset into night
And takes it worlds away.

Where two live joined in marriage,
I saw that rosy glow
In bloom upon a scentless quince:
Lovely, but all for show.
Oh, harbor wind and valley wind,
Conspire with the tree
To free those paper petals, and
Return my pink to me.


2004 by Ellin Anderson. All rights reserved. No part of  this work may be copied or used in any way without written 
permission from the author.


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