R. Dennis Hayes and Adam Cornford

Windham Chill
By R. Dennis Hayes
Response to

Spring (1868-1873)

J.-F. Millet

A grassy track recedes between small plots with apple trees

tipping their blossom over rows of cabbages or fallow turf:

perspective of dream toward a far fence where a man leans

lost in thought that surrounds him like the low-angled light

and the shade and wet scent of the enormous oak he’s under

His reverie’s horizon is a doubled prismatic phantom arch

framing a birch-tree palace on the high green ridge beyond

to one side the thatch and whitewashed walls of childhood

to the other a few cloud shreds hurried across evening blue

Adam Cornford