Denise Levertov

(24 October 1923 – 20 December 1997 / Ilford, Essex)

The Garden Wall - Poem by Denise Levertov

Bricks of the wall,
so much older than the house -
taken I think from a farm pulled down
when the street was built -
narrow bricks of another century.

Modestly, though laid with panels and parapets,
a wall behind the flowers -
roses and hollyhocks, the silver
pods of lupine, sweet-tasting
phlox, gray
lavender -
unnoticed -
but I discovered
the colors in the wall that woke
when spray from the hose
played on its pocks and warts -

a hazy red, a
grain gold, a mauve
of small shadows, sprung
from the quiet dry brown -
archetype
of the world always a step
beyond the world, that can't
be looked for, only
as the eye wanders,
found.


Comments about The Garden Wall by Denise Levertov

  • Michael Morgan (8/1/2016 9:19:00 PM)

    roses and hollyhocks, the silver pods of lupine, sweet-tasting phlox, grey lavender...this is nicely palpable and pleasingly at odds with expectation. Lovely piece. (Report) Reply

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  • Savita Tyagi (8/1/2016 6:49:00 PM)

    This poem tempts me to write a poem on my fence. I can relate to these thoughts in so many ways. Really a pleasant read. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams Susan Williams (8/1/2016 4:49:00 PM)

    very prettily written and the closure is perfectly done- -archetype
    of the world always a step
    beyond the world, that can't
    be looked for, only
    as the eye wanders,
    found. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - taking the poem out of the state of ere prettiness into a more thought-provoking realm (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis Edward Kofi Louis (8/1/2016 3:50:00 PM)

    I discovered the colours! ! Nice piece of work. (Report) Reply

  • Ratnakar Mandlik (8/1/2016 11:25:00 AM)

    A beautifully conceived meaningful and thought provoking poem portraying the wear and tear caused by the nature on the bricks of the compound wall of a garden. It may have some spiritual shade too. Thanks for sharing.10 points. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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