Island with Palms and Daffodils

Me alejo de mí mismo…
– Octavio Paz

Wiping the windows for hours
The stale blue cool coming alive
behind her eyes:
Little transparent one-cellular crumbs
She and her white and blue cotton cloth

are one

In the evenings we take walks
Then the daffodils are not so yellow,
and she says in a very foreign language:
Amru tys amry nos …

I open the steel-blue steel car door

She glides in

Or we go to a hula dance but she keeps watching me
through my black-rimmed glasses
and thick small-patterned dark suit,
my bulgy fifties self

But tender I read in her attentive eyes
Amru tys amry nos …

Her short-nailed fingers follow fine threads
and find islands easily


And what do you have there? A piece of paper? And it says,

Keep this coupon?

Yes, amru tys amry nos …

– Johannes Beilharz ( © 1981 )

I decided to post this older poem because I thought of it immediately after glancing at One Single Impression’s Windows prompt. This did not seem too far-fetched after rereading the entire poem because the themes of windows, transparency, looking through are all over the place.


About James Steerforth

I am an author of poetry and fiction, translator and painter who loves to have fun with borrowed feathers.
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5 Responses to Island with Palms and Daffodils

  1. SandyCarlson says:

    I like the way you handled this. A man’s perspective on these moments is always nice to experience.

  2. gabrielle says:

    Oh, the tenderness here. I am so glad you reprinted this.

    The line “her short-nailed fingers follow fine threads and find islands easily”. Exquisite.

    Recently wrote a poem (July 5th) about one who is dear to me. Would be honored if you visit.

  3. Reading this gave me beautiful snapshot images…very visual imagery. Lovely!

  4. Tumblewords says:

    Ah, this sings…very nice…

  5. Maggie says:

    This was a very enjoyable read and quite romantic.

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