Glosa: Confession

By: ailsaandlisa

Sep 25 2011

Category: glosa, poem

1 Comment

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I will bring you happy flowers from the mountains,
bluebells, dark hazels, and baskets of kisses.
I want to do with you
what spring does with the cherry trees.
                                          (Pablo Neruda)

I may not be able to buy you a Porsche
as I once promised. We may not have
a castle as our home, with a tower
for seeing into the future, for watching the stars.
I’ll never earn very much, love, but who’s
counting?
I will bring you happy flowers from the mountains.

Our garden won’t have a stream running through it,
nor a lake, nor a Chatsworth-type fountain.
There won’t be a maze, or an orangery.
There won’t be a lawn for afternoon croquet.
But for you I will harvest lush feathery mosses,
bluebells, dark hazels, and baskets of kisses.

We will not be famous and travel by jet.
No one will seek our opinions on family
on the basis of our film-star looks.
We will have adventures in the depths of Chee Dale
and in Northumberland we will wrap up on the beach.
I want to do with you

what whipped cream does with scones
what low sun does with the snow
what moss does with a shady cliff
what dancing does with Sunday
what mountain streams do with our toes
what spring does with the cherry trees.

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One comment on “Glosa: Confession”

  1. The glosa is a medieval Spanish form which takes four lines from a poem by another poet and uses them as the last line in each verse of a new poem. Traditionally the new poem has ten lines in each verse, but I’ve taken poetic liberty here and written verses of six lines each.


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