Louis perceives his eyes to be
a pair of green leaves
a yew tree’s
so he sends a knot of day-dreams
into the deep earth
to become the Sphinx.
Buffeted on waves of cosmopolitan terror
Rhoda envisions a world
an oak cleft in the heart
so a solitary tree becomes her fort.
It is under the beech tree
that the pear-eyed Susan buries
her school-bred jealousies
then under the shade of a cedar tree
a lover ferries her sense of deficiency
to matrimonial safety.
Through the branches of the lachrymose willow
Neville peeps at Percival
with forbidden love
while the phrase-lit Bernard
who endows Shakespeare’s sonnets
sends through layers of leaves
his literary expertise.
Clad in green
Jinny spews out her flames
which ripple with ecstasies
resonant with lovers’ rhapsodies.