Conversation of Graves
Soon to be the late,
hence greeted as great,
I saw the poet by his garden gate.
A rough white mane, a black hidalgos hat
traits, so I happed to chat.
In his ninth decade,
and body unbowed,
His mind was rumoured as clear as a cloud,
One cloud crossing on its obstinate own
That mountain arena of sunned limestone.
Good afternoon, I
said, and made some mention
Of his groomed grounds. A tenebrous attention
Turned, and a face like the crags overhead.
That he built the terrace himself, he said,
And gazed with neither
a smile nor a frown.
Afterwards I climbed that mountain, went down
The other side, and came back here again.
And then I married my sister, and then
I got this job.
Drunk on the quick-drawn cup
Of a souls well-water shared, and shut up,
I went to tidy, mop, unbolt the bar.
He went on to peace who had been to war.
to the present