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  • Writer's pictureSusan Michele Coronel

Summer Retreat


During that slow hour after noontime, I abandon

sewing lavender scent bags and walk toward Cathkin Braes,

hoping to spy you. From the garden greenhouse

you amble towards me, increasing the heat

of slanting sunbeams, and shower me

with Persian roses scented with musk,

bunches of violet, passeflower, bluebottle and amaranth.

Moths with silvery scales flit between us,

their spiracles rising above the chimneys of Glasgow.

We hear a small bell tinkling from the branch

of an oak, where a mountain finch has constructed

a nest of moss, wool and dry grass,

lined it with delicate brown hair, most likely yours.

On the terrace we sip green tea

and eat chilled plums to cool off,

cupping each other’s hands like succulent leaves

craving moisture and light.


Originally published in Tiny Seed Journal.

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Hi, I'm Susan Michele Coronel

I'm a writer and educator based in New York City.

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