You tell me that silence
is nearer to peace than poems
but if for my gift
I brought you silence
(for I know silence)
you would say
This is not silence
this is another poem
and you would hand it back to me.
—’Gift’, by Leonard Cohen (The Spice Box of Earth)
4 thoughts on “a gift for april”
Silently (indeed wordlessly) I reply — yes yes.
And in hushed tones, I say ‘thank you’…
Just plain lovely.
I agree, Allison. So I wrote a companion piece for it:
You tell me that crocus
are nearer to blue than purple
but if for a bouquet
I brought you purple
(for I know purple)
you would mutter
This is not purple
this is blue… again with the bloody blue
and you would put it in a vase upside down.