A plane tree, leaves green as if polished, the reddened tips of fruit trees, a stand of cypress, and through the blackened green, a yellow field, slant of roof. Nearer, the castle gate, pale brick flecked with stone like cream with nutmeg or cinnamon, and climbing, vermilion of roses. As swallows shriek and dive, their shadows loop to mark the wall, then disappear.
Copyright © 2011 by Honor Moore. Used with permission of the author.