moving house --
a cocoon attached
to my bonsai tree
Arnold Vermeeren (1959-), from "Rose Mallow" (1997, Spring). One imagines the poet has had this bonsai for a very long time -- so long in fact that it has become like an extension of the poet himself. All the boxes are packed, and as the poet walks towards the moving van, cradling his bonsai lovingly, he notices the cocoon. What an omen! His apprehensions now allayed, the poet looks forward to the new beginning, the new life, that his moving represents.
Selected and commented on by Dhugal J. Lindsay