In perpetuity

photoart & poem - snowdrops
photoart & poem – ©2018 -Laura Granby

“Nor will I then thy modest grace forget” (Wordsworth)

raindrops on snowdrops
late February after the melt
where Marjorie, beloved sister
always missed, resides perpetually
in peace, in Latin script
milk flower coverings
modest sprays that naturalise
with splendid vigour; vital signs
of the ever recurring year
to a graveyard here in Worcestershire

Unearthing an old memory for this out of season poem in 44 words for Kim’s quadrille prompt: rain


  1. Your opening line is wonderful, Laura. At first I thought, ‘That should be raindrops on roses…’ and when I read it again, I heard the splash of raindrops. A poignant Quadrille and a lovely resting place for your sister.


        1. – have you read ‘My Cousin Rachel’? All parts are poisonous but deadly in large enough doses,especially the seeds.. There are non fruiting ones – cultivars , such as L. x watereri ‘Vossii’.- but you have used Laburnum as symbolic of poison jealousy


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