The smell of hot cars, slightly sweet.
Convolvulus, pointing at the sun
But once open it is made
of exhausted handkerchiefs
Guess where I’m going.
You can come.
On the way up among the hum
of bees, fences creosoted in spring
give it all back to the air. The first flying ants
tiptoe out in lace. There, under the oak’s
dark leaves it smells like secrets, things
whispered at the sleeping moths which cluster
in the eaves. The light and shade of day
and rowan berries
round as the rind of moon that
tries to be seen, but is shouted down.
I follow my red feet up the steep parts.
Imagine this is me, walking towards you
dressed in young camellia leaves,
blue sky trapped in their cupped hearts
The welder calls me to come and see,
flag-draped and silver in the dark, a Robot-Mercury,
Something he made
at the bottom of the hill that runs up to the park.
Well, you don’t want to share.
You don’t have to share. Maybe
it’s frightening to be interesting.
I don’t feel fear.