Ten Miles Out of Town
by Marcel Aime Duclos

Lacy lilacs by the lakeshore
hang hungry for the sun on high,
smile their silk on the slippery skin.

Friendly farmer beyond the fence,
lingering, leaning longer, still,
after chores by the brown-red barn,
exchanges weak wandering glance
with his neighbor before dusk.
Green canoe glides on purple glass,
thwarts watercolor in its wake.

Perfume mingles with memory.
Two women wore the same perfume.
Lilac. Sadness simmers memories.
Two farmers mourn their loss of wife.


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