Sunday Things: Happy Father’s Day 2012!

Where the Green Springs, Where the Branches Wind
By Annette Marie Hyder
(Father’s Day 2012)

Like a photo in a locket
kept against my heart
I carry him inside of me
he is the very part

that remains a mystery

encased in finest gold
pressed between metal hands
a miniature wold

where the green springs

and the branches wind
their leafy hands vine-braided
with flowers of every kind

in a little case suspended
from a necklace made of tears

whose park is filled with birdsong–
beautiful and clear.

Composition note:

Wold is an Old English term for a forest or an area of woodland on high ground. It derives from the German word wald, meaning forest. It became weald in West Saxon and Kentish.