If you had arrived yesterday
If you had arrived yesterday, these roses
would be perfect; the tulips on the sill
were not yet picked, and the girl that caught
your eye was not turning and turning
in the hallway, its crocus light adrift
on her dress, her skin.
How do I explain to you the waiting,
the sorrow, the dreaming of you?
In the garden, I hear linnets questioning
the evening, its late sun slanting in,
and contemplate your absence, the dread
that you will not return again.
Oh, such pale light the maythorn brings,
its sweet scent so bewildering.
Jane Lovell has been widely published in journals and anthologies. She won the Flambard Prize in 2015 and has been shortlisted for several awards including the Basil Bunting Prize, the Robert Graves Prize and Periplum Book Award. Her pamphlets have been published by Against the Grain Press, Night River Wood and Coast to Coast to Coast. Jane also writes for Elementum Journal.