a wake

by Peter Humphreys

you lay me
to rest
please place
a sprig of briar
upon my chest
and fuschia
in my hands
and of
my silver hair
a thatch
do make
as years ago
we children made
from reeds
upon the river
and as for
upon mine eyes
two copper pennies
carefully place
so I may see
your auburn hair
as we made love
in spring time
and slowly on
my coldening feet
the golden sands
of Mayo
for as I came
from these dark hills
and tender love
made by their rills
let me scent
the summer


Posted on 08/21/2007
Copyright © 2024 Peter Humphreys

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Kathleen Wilson on 08/21/07 at 02:28 PM

Exquisite enfolding into the intimate sensual natural world of this poet, his body adorned with personal remembrance, the well picked plants and features of his love, "the copper pennies" are a magnificent image placed on his eyes, to see "your auburn hair"-- extremely moving, a sense of the fragility of all our existence, spoken from his.

Posted by Genevieve Sturrock on 08/21/07 at 03:11 PM


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