Conundrum Press


September 24th, 2013  |  Published in Blog

APRIL 26, 2013

from Memory’s Rooms
a forthcoming collection by Eleanor Swanson
releasing June 2013

Clusters of bright yellow
dandelions have sprung up
in the already-verdant grass.
The branches of apple trees
are lavish with white flowers.

A girl throws her arms around
her father’s waist as he rakes
thatch into tidy piles
light as shorn hair.
A shirtless man strides
down the sidewalk whistling.

When the autistic boy finally speaks—
thin arms flapping like wings—
words burst from his mouth,
as if riding in iridescent bubbles.
He clutches his patient listeners,
one in each small hand,
a purple lilac bush and a rake.

I wish the bush and rake
would nod once in a while
just to keep him talking.
This is what his mother
wishes too—just
keep him talking.

She watches from a window,
tears trickling down her face
like spring snowmelt,
clean and clear.


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