Geraniums splash whitewashed cottages
in giddy red under the splay of early morning light,
and a jumble of raspberry brambles
garlands the cobblestone roadside girdle.
Bursts of lavender rhododendron
bejewel glades of dappled apple-green,
while meadows patched with brilliant gorse
blanket the languid afternoon.
Clover and heather fling pungent scents,
cling wild to the moldering ancient slopes,
and roses tumble down innumerable
walls of crumbling memorial ruin.
A fusion of blooms lingers in the gloaming,
the mothering scent calling me home
across the gathering skirted darkness
of twilight shimmering on the Irish Sea.
first published in Illinois State Poetry Society
©2001 Bonnie Manion