The air is warm as blood,
buzzing with the vibrations of mating cicadas.
A swarm of red ants scurry
over the slats of the deck chair
that has not been moved since my father last sat in it;
this is now their territory.
Whilst he slumbered
under the green canopy of the walnut tree
they crept, antennae quivering, into his world.
Soon fertile eggs clustered
in a coral of larvae under the armrests.
Workers foraged relentlessly
from the lawn to the deck chair to feed their queen,
right under my father’s oblivious arse.
Did his brain search so diligently for words
to describe the scene in front of him?
Or did he simply accept if for a seamless whole
and himself embroidered into a corner of it—all of a piece?
I brought him a cup of coffee, thinking he’d linger,
beguiled by the natural world he once loved; but no.
Maybe the ants crept up his pant leg
or the swoop of a red-bellied woodpecker
jolted him out of his being
and sent him shuffling inside for a spoon of sugar.
Precious!!! Thank you!
Wow….this is so amazing…I plan to make a lot more time to read my very favorites. like you much more often….
Lynda, coming from such a fine poet as yourself, this means a lot. Thank you!
Beautiful and yet poignant. I love the way you capture moments of time in your poems Melissa.
Thanks so much, Karina. I try to express what I’m seeing, hearing, feeling, and hope that sometimes I get lucky and find a common thread that speaks to others.
It’s not just luck Melissa it is a true talent to be able to capture moments of time so eloquently.
Such a loving memory that interweaves life and death, the past and present …
Thank you, Carol.
Quite a poem—from many angles. Your writing is exceptional!
Excellent poem… I much enjoyed the perspectives, which I´d say are multiple here … Also the thorough descriptions regarding Nature and how it influences circumstances… Even though, I feel that the actions are in slow motion, somehow… Meaning that they happen at their own pace, so as to say… I guess this could be related to the title (“Here, now always”… i.e …a sort of eternal present, maybe?)….
Thanks so much for sharing, dear Melissa. Love and best wishes. Aquileana ⭐
Kind and thoughtful words–thank you, Aquileana.