Lullaby #5

Vahni Capildeo

 

For a never-to-be-finished farewell

 

In memory   in false memory

The rain tree stood   the saman

Canopied us   the vast dome

Had not been cut down

O why

was it cut down?

Black gateway

Tearing the drive with amber

Dropping pods akin to figs

Dried and gummy

It ploughed up

the concrete into furrows,

a rough sea greyed to a halt;

We stood

would not have stopped there;

In true fact

would’ve tapped into,

hooked, root-shaken foundations,

Small leaves up above

Small-twigged memory spread

Over us

caused ruin;

What kept us back

Hooked and shaken

threatened

to drop a branch,

hit a child

As we were

hit the roof

Only going to say

Nothing

hit the T.V. aerial

BANG!   e   x   p   l   o   s   i   o   n

 

O

why was it cut down?

 

Overhearable

You want

Loan words

the house to fall down?

 

There was another reason.

 

Tree   wake and sleep

Tell me why

Live and die   with me

it was cut down?

 

Tree    wake and live

Strangers would park up

Sleep and die   with me

to have sex

by our gate;

the tree had to go,

it hid them.

 

O –

 

Tree   live and sleep

Die and wake   with me

 

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