under the stars

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under the light

she waits

outside the bar





in a beautifully tailored

grey flannel suit

& when I look back

she’s turned into

a cypress tree



she was never there at all.


( I was driving up the motorway one early evening & as we crested a rise, as the sun was setting, there was the most amazing view laid out before us - Hong Kong Harbour !  Amazed, I  asked Jo - "can you see that ?"

"Hong Kong Harbour" she says - it was that clear & that obvious, with mountains, the ocean, boats, junks - & then in it was gone. This was the same kinda thing - I could see this girl as clear as you like - and she wasn't there... and, No.. I had not been drinking, just come out of the gym. )

◄ Liqueurs, Madam ? …. Ooh, Vicar !

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Tue 4th Jan 2011 21:49

Hi - I'm glad you liked it. B

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Mon 3rd Jan 2011 19:57

Thanks for the comments & I do agree that the explanation was unnecessary, but I wanted to say that this was indeed a real event & mirrored an earlier similar event - both of which were marvellous but very strange.

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Mon 3rd Jan 2011 18:04

I never challenge the unexplainable with: that is not possible. We have no idea of what is possible within so-called time and space. and starlight is an unknown quantity too. They must have been amazing experiences, especially since the vision of Hong Kong was shared. The poem, as Ann says, does stand without explanation though.

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Ann Foxglove

Mon 3rd Jan 2011 12:56

I love this cos of it's enigmatic quality - I wouldn't put the explanation on, myself. Plus the writing's so small I can't really read it! ;-)

Janet Ramsden

Mon 3rd Jan 2011 11:57

When i first started reading your 'explanation' lines at the bottom i thought i'd mis-read the poem completely.

She was there alright. The part of you that is very English with a deep longing for foreign shores?
Cypress is reminiscent of longing and Geranium counteracts it :-)

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