Sherwlyn (Ori) CORRAINI

passed on October 5, 2005 at NRGH. Born February 24, 1959.

On Foxhayes edge go scatter my ashes

Above the ground in sunlight splashes,

Where all about my…powdered bones

The trefoil weaves between the stones,

Where what I was feeds foxglove roots

And robust April parsley shoots.

Five miles or more from churchyard drab

Where, underneath a lettered slab,

The body that has served me well

Would bloat in clay pathetic shell.

At Foxhayes edge stop the grass

I’ll sense successive seasons pass

I’ll see the beeches overhead

Turn tangerine and rusty red

I’ll hear the sky-seen of their leaves

Wind-gossiping to younger trees.

Then, with the tall of blue-smoke dusk

I’ll settle in the rustling hush

Of brittle, sun-dried bracken stalk

To hear the spruce and larches talk

And see the lovers come and go;

Or later, when the New Year’s snow

Builds up in drifts below the hedge

Crisping the blades of dock and sedge

I’ll wait content, to stir the sleep

The hour the earliest violets peep.

For with them all the wood will rustle

Under the west wind’s old-maid’s bustle,

Lifting perhaps a speck of me

And bearing it, due south, to sea.


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