The upper pond is frozen, the waterfall has ceased
Goldfish swim nervously in the lower catchment
Magpies rip at the ground searching for worms
Numbed by the frost and unable to escape
Naked trees shiver, waiting for a warmer sun
New buds form on optimistic branches
Ready for a show in the spring
One week too late, we head to the tropics
Where the only ice is floating in our drinks
And the effortless warmth fills our bones.
Yesterday’s layers of heavy clothes
Have become figments of our imagination
The biting cold of home
Is a distant memory unrecalled
Flimsy swimwear is the costume of choice
Tourists swarm poolside like European wasps
Dipping into water for their next drink
This is the land where love is encouraged
Where the sun encourages new romance
Between old lovers who still hold the flame
And need no encouragement whatsoever
© Bernard J Rossi
Author & Poet
Bernard J. Rossi has been writing in one form or another for almost 30 years and over that time his writing experiences have been in many diverse areas including technical, short stories, poems and a number of books.
His first short story published was Michael’s Birthday (1991).
Bernard has poems published in many anthologies, most notably “The International Who’s Who in Poetry” and another international publication, “The Best Poems and Poets of 2007.”
His most recent achievements in writing longer works have been the publication of Room 22 in late 2007 and Arlington Reef in early 2008 and Bernard has two completed manuscripts awaiting publication, The Bloodline and The Spiral, which is the sequel to Room 22.
Bernard’s latest work is different from all his previous works and is an exciting move into an intriguing direction.
Bernard J Rossi