And perhaps they will prove true after all
Remember the way you would cup them stubbornly together
Well, perhaps one day they’ll have become a vessel.
You’ll pay so little
Daffodils I say the word
Daffodils I say the word and yet
Daffodils say themselves in pigment pollen
Daffodils dipping their heads heavy as bells
Daffodils I say the word and know I am
Simon West lives in Melbourne where he lectures in Italian studies at Monash University. His first collection of poetry, First Names, was published with Puncher and Wattmann in Sydney in 2006. It was short-listed for the NSW Premier’s Prize in 2007 and won the William Baylebridge Memorial Prize. He is also a translator of poetry, in the process of finishing The Selected Poetry of Guido Cavalcanti: A Critical Edition in English to be published in 2009.
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