Monday 20 April 2009

Above clouds

so many arrivals
just after the war it snowed without stopping
I’d been in the WAAF
the doctor Pity you can’t go to Switzerland
after the war
travelled by myself with1 suitcase
the view snowclad
the icicles dropping from the pine trees
my suitcase on a sledge
we walked behind the cable car scenery:
the Dome de Midi

up above clouds sky was blue

to this day I can draw the outline
dripping from the pinecones
when the war ended
above the clouds
the sky was if I remember blue
the air was clear
then snowed without stop
thick and white
everyone on skis even the doctors
everyone going
up above the clouds
saw the clouds below

Myra Ellis : an arrival, Switzerland

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