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.