Two Poems

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Lady in the Park by Childe Hassam, 1897

by Janet Charlesworth (March 2022)

 

THE GARDEN

 

the peace descends

on a sunny walk sometimes,

and in half closed eyes

a dazzling counterfeit light,

sent to tease, mislead

soon calms and goes

to leave a softer truer place

 

watching thoughts dancing and

circling the body tone,

feeling lumps and pains,

strain and tears, and the years

fleeting before the inner eye

trying to engage

and hold me here

 

slowly I can slip away

leaving mind on guard

with a rhyme to chant, aware

but not daring to see

that I have gone

back to the Garden

for a short eternal time

 

 

PROJECTION

 

the man has been true to himself

 

my projection was the blinding force

holding me fast in it’s grasp

chasing him here, there,

fleeting mirages all

shimmering in the distance

ever close but eluding grasp

I failed to see

 

the man has been true to himself

and not to my projections of me

 

 

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Janet Charlesworth is a writer from Canada.

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