Penelope Plans A Wedding
She steers the ship within her mind -
its neck taut like a goose flying -
around ev'ry shoal and brake
until it arrives home safely.
Like Penelope, she sits weaving,
planning a wedding in her dreams:
responses come flying back
like the feet of madmen !
Who will sing the honeyed hymn ?
There are countless birds on wing.
Who will lead us in the dance ?
There are flying fish upon the sea.
a bit early, as my daughter's wedding approaches, and I'm trying to get ahead through the second week of June.
The painting portrays a cottage and lilacs, but I think of it as Rose COttage from "The Jewel in the Crown" or "The Raj Quartet".
This is a paean to all mothers who have raised children...