Lady in Green

I still wait for you, lady in green.
Beside your old money plant’s wrinkled leaves,
Wondering when you’ll let yourself be seen.

Beneath greying stars who have lost sheen,
Dangling down gaps of gossamer sieves.
I still wait for you, lady in green.

Drenched in longing for your smile serene
Clutching loneliness, sweet memory bereaves,
Wondering when you’ll let yourself be seen.

Watching seasons take their turns to preen-
With a cold heart that ceaselessly grieves,
I still wait for you, lady in green.

Hopeless, I stand, lost in what they mean-
Tears that fall with each breath my Soul heaves-
Wondering when you’ll let yourself be seen.

They say you are no more, that it’s “been”,
Your magnolia tree mourns in dreams she weaves,
I still wait for you, lady in green.
Wondering when you’ll let yourself be seen.

(Dedicated to my late mother)

©Mohana Das

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13 thoughts on “Lady in Green

  1. smiles….a lovely dedication there in the end…the waiting…it can be so hard, but i feel the longing so intently as well through out…nice use of color in this as well…you really stir the emotion in this…

  2. A very poignant poem – the particular details are wonderful = the money tree = Magnolia – there is a shift of tone here which goes from the more almost colloquial to deep longing. I found very affecting. k.

  3. A lady in green- from mother to mother earth as symbol. Each repetition both a well spring of grief and an admission of acceptance, that life is short but love is long. Exquisitely beautiful.

  4. Beautiful and sad all at once, this lilting villanelle is a heartfelt tribute to a woman who, though no longer physically present, will always be there in the writer’s heart.

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