Icon: the village

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              Icon: the village

Cycladic shadow

 

set
as to
close upon themselves
the careful fill
of shade
white plastered walls
retrieved cold
intact from
the light.

calloused
shutters ajar
stranding sun
in a momentary
room.
an exile’s
you’d imagine.
little of home
bed hard
against the
night-damp wall
a lull of sweet
smoke the
table boasts an
icon aged
by hand in
a city workshop

sea calm
by distance
a minute’s view
until you drink
the blood-bitter coffee.
difficultly
talk.

drepano/patmos – greece
london – venezia 1985

3 thoughts on “Icon: the village”

  1. an old one, Peter! some lovely lines. and rare use of punctuation
    my favorite passage is

    bed hard
    against the
    night-damp wall
    a lull of sweet
    smoke

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