She's Waiting Out Her Time

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She's Waiting Out Her Time

Like the lapwing's nest, lost
in identical acres of secret greens,
the sun was out of sight today.
It was there, sure enough, though undefinable,
straining its light through filtering cloud;
creating a residue of dismal damp.

The horizon had strolled in
to play charcoal shading with the trees,
misting the steaming Friesians
that stood, statuesque, in their indifference;
thoughtless in that sullen, summer field.

How the vacancy of bovine stares
seemed a blessing on such a day.

And there walked the widow, head bowed;
colour-drained, washed-out flowers
held close to a warm, yet unprotecting breast.
Lady-in-waiting to memory;
treading her daily path
like a lonely child, wandering home,
mouthing ventriloquistic conversations
of protective, inner comfort.

For there he lay, the latest arrival
at an old friends' gathering,
wrapped in shrouding, wooden wings
whose ivy feathers bowed
a dripping, heavy welcome
over the cherished, grey stone
that anchored her to him.

He was a tall man, even in old age.

He'd gone down like a giant redwood,
taking her and their last bag
of cut-price groceries with him.
Fifty-five years, then two became one.
There, in the lane,
as a can of marrow fat peas
rolled back to a puzzled shop door.

'Strange thing, he never did like peas.'
That's what she said.
She's waiting out her time now.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2017

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Date: 8/11/2017 9:09:00 AM
Wonderful pen. However I'm totally hung up on the steaming Friesians, this horse lovers ultimate dream, "to die for" xomo :)
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Maureen McGreavy
Date: 8/11/2017 1:13:00 PM
Lol! Totally ruined for me ;) no haven't seen the video you speak of. Will have to look up the Friesian bovine and reread with an educated mind. (I do love the bulls) Friesian horse a fave of mine though a more realistic dream would be a French Canadian Horse, of Friesian descent, can live off the land and endure our winters.
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Jonathan French
Date: 8/11/2017 10:10:00 AM
I'm not keen on saying this, Mo, because it might spoil it for you, but the reference is to Friesian cattle. I feel I've just let a balloon deflate. I totally agree with you though. The Friesian stallions are magnificent. I assume you have seen the video of Frederik The Great, on You Tube?
Date: 8/10/2017 12:37:00 PM
waiting sucks but your write is great! enjoyed :)
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Jonathan French
Date: 8/11/2017 10:01:00 AM
Thanks, taai.