FALL 2011



Jean Esteve

GENEVIEVE

How does the meadow on the hillside turn so white?
It is full of clover, now.
In a little while if you wait
it will be white again, but with snow.

Who is that little girl on the hillside meadow?
That is Genevieve in her white communion dress.
In a minute hear her mother call for her to go
down the aisle for blessing by a priest.

 



Jean Esteve, a painter and poet, lives on the Oregon coast. This poem is an answer to a request from a man who lived and drank in the dunes behind her house, on the birth of his first grandchild. She hasnít seen the wandering grandfather lately, and probably will never meet Genevieve.

 


 

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