gold, netherlandish

gold, netherlandish

(for Tony)


the small surprise of you,

in your warm brown jacket

your papered divisions

your splits, your scars


under fallen leaves

first rains

your green push

a sword in winter


your cloistered soul


the scent of you

alive in gold, agleam

netherlandish humming

smile nodding

in the slightest breeze

the heart marvels

at the sun’s gold gladness

in such a tiny package

but you were always there

waiting curved,

pouncing toward spring

even when it was dark

even when it was a matter of waiting out

such cold

such darkness

so many autumns


by Valentine Bonnaire

10 thoughts on “gold, netherlandish

  1. What a lovely version of that poem. Wordsworth was a wonderful nature poet. I’ve read many of his poems throughout the years. Many.
    This poem you wrote to Tony brought a smile to my face and heart and now even moreso. Thank you for sharing it here and for journeying to that place in your heart.


    1. Song, thank you. Mean that. The darkness. Summer going. Very hard. ps: I bought the book “The Road” — a paperback at the beginning of Summer. If you get a chance to read that? Important. Miss you Song. I do. Miss your blog. I’m glad you liked that poem. Means a lot.


  2. I have not heard of the book you recommend. If time allows I will look for it. Maybe this weekend ok? I am rereading one of my favorite books: Nei Kung–The Secret Teachings of the Warrior Sages–by Kosta Danaos.
    Reconnecting with the nature spirits. And working with the yang chi which is determined to go up to my crown than down to my dantien. Geez though I’m not sure if it works the same for women? Hahaha! Hahaha!
    Well I am going to do my blog sometime soon. But my computer may be beyond repair. I’ll know soon.

    Today after your comment I read some Wordsworth…then Coleridge…then Blake…somehow I ended up though thinking about Millay.
    But? All in all? Your poem To Tony meant the most.

    Miss you too


  3. Ok. Never heard of him or his book. So I will try to find it. To be honest and I’ve told you this before–I just don’t read much from last century? In terms of fiction.


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