Spring sunshine

Over at d’Verse it is Open Link night, so here goes for something inspired by the beautiful weather we are having at present –

A summer’s afternoon in spring
The lawn glowing in the light
Before me the ruined facade
of a once splendid house
towers sightless over box topiary.

Distant voices carry from the shadows
Two figures in 20s dress
wander languidly across the grass
holding parasols aloft
a tilt to the heyday of this house.

The slender forms drift away
and I’m left to focus on
wisteria in full blowsy bloom
And the shadows sharp on the lawn.


  1. What a lovely piece! Great sense of imagery and flow–

  2. smiles.. somehow this was a charming time…i love to read miss marple and the way she paints the people…reminded me of this…but well…wisteria in full bloom…that’s surely something wort focussing on…

  3. Shawna

    This is exquisite. “Towers sightless over box topiary” is my favorite line, but I savored every word.

    We also enjoyed a summer’s day at the beginning of spring; I was close to taking the girls swimming this afternoon. 🙂

  4. smiles…nice…you capture well the moment and paint it for us to enjoy and i am left looking for the shadows and wisteria….

  5. Sue, I really love your no-nonsense voice that captures the poetry in a picture seemingly without effort. Lovely…

  6. You are a wordsmith, aren’t you just.
    Both image and poem can stand on their own feet.

  7. What a brilliantly evocative write, conjuring the past in a few well chosen words and a very nostalgic picture.

  8. I’m intrigued by the descriptive passages and what they offer. Strength here

  9. The poem does capture the nostalgia and beauty Sue. Have you written many poems? I’ll look forward to your 2015 visit…

  10. More poetry please Sue!

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