PN Review Online
Most Read... Anne StevensonTwo Poems
(PN Review 202)
David HerdPoetry and Voice: The Urge to Nowhere
(PN Review 197)
John AshberyFifteen Poems
(PN Review 191)
Sinéad MorriseyFour Poems
(PN Review 205)
Poems Articles Interviews Reports Reviews Contributors
Next Issue Joseph Brodsky in conversation Anne Stevenson and Fleur Adcock in sequence C.H. Sisson at100: a symposium Rowan Williams in Wales Samuel Butler and little Desmond

This poem is taken from PN Review 154, Volume 30 Number 2, November - December 2003.

Two Poems Michael Hamburger


Appendix to the Deeds

Do gardeners, aged, count in flowers
Days, hours, the decades passed
Or moments, measureless, when surprise
Like children's primed their eyes?
Heedless it could outlast
The rare exquisite lost,
Hurricane-tossed, blighted,
Names as exquisite, all mixed up, benighted.
Steadfast, it's weeds that return
To make and mark a season
Now that no weather is true,
Cloud-blocked, cloud-swept or fine.
Together here they grew
The greater and the lesser celandine
Restricted but allowed
...
Searching, please wait... animated waiting image