Old June

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a very dark afternoon, deep green & dim
like an old june
one doesn't quite walk so much as swim
in the sweet humidity and simmered heat

it was like the roses were boiled
lilies-of-the-valley melting
all dripping clear oil
yet lavender dries to moulting
collects on my veil
gets so faded when sunlight's curtailed
by these trees' occulting
and the season's tilting
I hear breathing lilting
there's some girl in the garden
exhaling through air of alcoholic perfume
look how this hyacinth's uncommonly pale
but astilbe's gone too far
the dew is wet and stale
rotting not wilting
but hydrangea go frail
and broken frame the trail
honeysuckle's nectar sticking
I lay down on the soil and scrape out my nails
daisy chains have failed, too soft they've all been splitting


from The Swine Lakes, released June 19, 2014



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The Swine Lakes Northampton, Massachusetts

Sophie Leetmaa & Milo Eden

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