Portrait in Early Spring

Her bright brown eyes, first thing in the morning
Talk over dreams of people we didn’t know
Ourselves, or what we thought we were doing:
A guitar was playing then, and frogs singing

I looked at the slope of her chin, how she cupped
Strong coffee, her upper lip to mind the gap
(I love a fair exchange for the Lady of Bath
And the girl she promised to me in stories)

Relieved to see her doing so well and happy yet
Skirted like her red and black dresses the existence
Of a love never to say but to restore broken time–
The thrill of scaffolding towers of Babylon–
The pair of us beyond the intrigue of first kiss

Intent on her laughter that dispels care and flaws
Strip the loveliness of her stockings, the stitch
Of happiness despite the tear of broken time
I cannot think it breaks me the way she shines
Her bright brown eyes, the last thing at night.

~ Richard McCullough

Joining LCP in 2010, Richard McCullough is a featured international writer in ditchpoetry.com, and has published poetry in journals and literary magazines in Canada (Pillar and Montage), the U.K (IATEFL Voices) and the U.S (ghazalpage.net). He is currently writing an MSc dissertation in applied linguistics, focusing on the role of creative writing in language teaching and learning. This work is presented at the 2011 Asia Creative Writing Conference in Jember, East Java. He resides with his family, in his native home of Vancouver.

2 Responses to “Portrait in Early Spring”

  1. A powerful and expertly-crafted poem that renders time and consciousness co-extensive with love and desire. The conceit of her qualities varies and breaks down in successive stanzas, culminating in a collapse of time and image with the speaker’s refusal of (or inability to) reason to express the ambiguities of sexual experience. A hauntingly beautiful text whose cyclical structure forces a re-reading of itself and of perceptions of thought and feeling. There’s something new with every reading.

  2. It is so lovely
    Thank you for letting us read the beauty of poetry

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