The Last Leaf in the Gar­den

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - BOOKS - byFrankOrm­sby

I wish I had been there --the gar­den stilled around the last Oc­to­ber leaf, noth­ing to hurry it, noth­ing to slow it down the whole sea­son had come to this: a hold­ing-on so that the let­ting-go might seem to us like chance. I wish I had been there to see the wind carry the leaf be­yond Win­ter, too, con­tent to be late, an el­e­gant ab­sence at the gate.

Frank Ormsby’s most re­cent col­lec­tion is The Dark­ness ofSnow (Blood­axe Books). His next, The Rain Bar­rel, is due from Blood­axe next au­tumn

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