Greenlane Poetry

All Saints 3pm
Bad Day
Bar des Sports, Charly-sur-Marne
Before and After the Watershed
Call to Witness
Carte Postale
Charlie
Clerk of Works
Dog in the Night
Easter Saturday at Festubert
Fargate
first
first
first
first
first
first
Force Nine
Forge Island
Four Chimneys
Furnaces
Half Empty
In Glen Howe Park
In Provence
Incident
Kilner's Bridge
Lady
Last Train
Lilac Time
Magpies
Mungy Lane
North Line
Nurses
Outfield
Painting By Numbers
Patriots
Per Ardua
Pioneers
Release
Rememberings
Routine Visit
Runner
September
Silent Snakes
Spring Training
Start-1
Students in Crookesmoor
The Don at Swinton
The Festive Season
The Lavender Feast at Saullt
The Runners in the Fields
The Seasons
Treatment Days
Trips to the Seaside
Up Train
Valley Mist
Weston Park
What Love Is
Winthrop Park

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The Lavender Feast at Saullt



Everything blue on the plain and the fast-fading light
blue on the shimmering hill and the perfume of night

Early from farm and from hill and from hamlet they came
gaudy with pots and with pans screaming poultry and game

Bringing their lavender in scented honey in jars
scattering stalks in the path of the sweltering cars

Flashing on windows and glasses close columns of air
reek of the goat-cheese and wine and the howl of the fair

Then the long tales in the bars while the sun in the street
is hammering down on the stalls in crescendo of heat

And after the long afternoon from Ardeche and Provence
red and white wines and the thrill of the wild swirling dance

Wild with excitement and din no-one cares that the blue
twilight is veiling the pines on the slopes of Ventoux

1988