Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, A COLONIAL MORNING DREAM, by KAREN SWENSON

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A COLONIAL MORNING DREAM, by                     Poet's Biography
First Line: Cocks crow memories
Last Line: Narrates the halftones of love.
Subject(s): Memory; Morning

Cocks crow memories
of gardens gone to concrete
behind canted teak houses.

Down alley at the ice shop
the saw buzzes - a thousand cicadas -
cold loaves to crystal slices.

My ceiling fan spins languidly
the last coolness of 4 AM
into the thread of morning heat.

Aun, mopping the hall, sings
softly as her barefooted tread,
into my sweet haze of sleep

a wistful, chromatic song,
which my alien ears insist
narrates the halftones of love.

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