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Tuesday, 18 August 2009
SPRING THOUGHTS, AUTUMN MUTTERINGS
“Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night.” - Rainer Maria Rilke
For every part of the world where a dismal Winter reigns, there is an antipodean Summer. Dreary Autumn is diametrically opposed to another part of the world where the blush of Spring colours the earth’s cheek. To every coin two sides, heads you win, tails I lose. To every story there are two versions, his and hers. For every relationship two endings, one happy and one sad…
Spring in the Antipodes
A brilliant day today, Spring! Sky sapphire-blue, Sun shining strong, golden-warm. Unlike the sickly silver sunshine Of two weeks ago in Winter. Spring! The buds have swelled On plum trees, And the wattles a riot of yellow That I have just noticed today. In the garden, my anemones Have bloomed purple and red.
And I, ensconced deeply In the dark recesses of my office, I labour under reams of paper, And do battle with numbers, Trying to discipline them, Getting them to abide by the Budgetary constraints… Outside my window, Birds flutter, their twitters A distraction as are the emerald leaves, Newly sprung on street trees.
With afternoon tea comes sympathy, And loneliness that lurks in the stairwell, Also in the dimly lit corridor, Illuminated by cold neon lights (a special pity today!) My pigeon hole bare of letters Again today, you do not speak to me Your face sullen, your eyes a cool blue. I won’t speak either. Where is my optimistic morning mood?
And the day marches on And evening comes quickly (in Spring, days are still short). Back home, The nagging insistence of night falling: “The temperature will drop to 3˚C tonight…” And then it’s dead of night, Spring just a phantom Once again this year…
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