525 - Refrigerium

the rare rain on the semi-desert town
produces a festival of weeds
flowers and foliage that closes down
early. the townsfolk welcome the speed

with which their district is changed - and press
the mirage to their hearts in memory
of something more - unlike the ingress
of a snowfall making a cemetery

of a warm city where the dead come out
to fĂȘte the silence. the townsfolk
are not suburbanites who want to shout
themselves a holiday. instead they soak

in the second nature with disbelief
and calmly hallucinate their relief

Woodford Halse
4 July 2021