Hemlock, Sandalwood, Sage by Ron Lavalette


September 22, 2013 by northerncardinalreview

Today it’s hemlock smoke, or
cedar and, under thin clouds
and the huge blue, I’m on a
hillside, high, dreaming about
what summer used to be like,
how all the beautiful women
walked up and down the beach,
their brown eyes no darker
than their deep tans, the sun
not much brighter than their
And I remember that
once I could smell sandalwood
—or maybe it was sage—burning
in the distance on an autumn
afternoon; could hear the chant
of soft wind through sycamore,
the burble of a mid-day brook,
and I realize
I’ve been here
before, been here in all seasons:
when the sun baked the drying
grass; when the snow drifted
into the hollows between the
hills; when the first leaves
greened, or the last of them,
reddened, sailed earthward
on autumn-scented air.

Ron Lavalette is from Barton. VT. He has been widely published both in print and online. A reasonable sample of his published work can be found at http://eggsovertokyo.blogspot.com/


2 thoughts on “Hemlock, Sandalwood, Sage by Ron Lavalette

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