Fall 1989 • Vol. XI No. 4 Poetry |

Deceptions

Mornings when I put the necessary sunblock on it's always summer: sweet and greasy, a smell of summer saturates the air, although frost bones over the bathroom window and it's winter in the bony trees outside, early-morning headlights flickering through the solid black of branches like June fireflies or moths in August. Last week a willow tree bowing pale green and pale amber over a pond of swans was for one unwary minute the dead image of spring, although the light was light of late October and those leaves, for all their lavish seeming, were only leftovers from grace, a throwback not a promise. In fact so quick is winter: the sodden boards of the footbridge over the narrow stream are spongy under my feet and sag a little, giving in to the new weather. The rasped whine of the motor-saw pruning trees and hedges rises, dies away, rises again, a caught creature in the scalding circle of its pain: the woods are full of them eating their way through limbs and a wickerwork of twigs,

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Eamon Grennan has published numerous volumes of poetry including There Now (2016); Out of Sight: New and Selected Poems (2010); Matter of Fact (2008); Relations: New and Selected Poems (1998); and others.

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