The Windows By Carol Ann Duffy

By alison November 6, 2006 4 Comments 1 Min Read
How do you earn a life going on
behind yellow windows, writing at night
the latin names of plants for a garden
opening the front door to a wet dog.

Those who love you, forgive you, clearly
with steaming casseroles and red wine.
Its the same film down all the surburban streets.
It’s a Wonderful  Life. How do you  learn it?

What you hear- the doorbells familiar chime.
What you touch- the clean warm towels.
What you see, what you smell, what you taste
all tangible to the stranger passing your gate.

There you are again, in a room where those early hyacinths
surely sweeten the air, and the right words wait
in the dictionaries, on the tip of a tongue you touch
in a kiss, drawing your crimson curtains now-

Against dark hours. And again in a kitchen
the window ajar, sometimes the sound of your radio,
or the scent of your food, and a cat in your arms,
a child in your arms, a lover. Such vivid flowers.

Carol Ann Duffy.

 

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4 Comments

  1. Heather says:

    My favourite movie of all time!!

  2. Heather says:

    My favourite movie of all time!!

  3. annabelle says:

    Isn't Jimmy Stewart a love?I adore him and the movie.
    Annabelle ~^..^~ xo

  4. annabelle says:

    Isn't Jimmy Stewart a love?I adore him and the movie.
    Annabelle ~^..^~ xo

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