The Red Wheelbarrow
so much depends
a red wheel
glazed with rain
beside the white
– William Carlos Williams
It was a soft, pale grey, washed out Autumn day today.
A day for mushrooms, feathers, petals and berries.
On days like this we walk between joy and melancholy.
Clusters of white mushrooms and sodden toadstools appear in the rain damp lawn.
The hedges around Kingston are studded happily with bright red berries.
There is a scatter of Camellia petals like pale pink confetti among dry brown leaves.
White feathers sit sadly on pavements and grass while the raucous clownish cry of cockatoos is painted like a snowy streak across the sky …
© Anita Patel, 2015