They each have their own gossip, their own sound, their own rustling
whispers and smells.
In the warm wind, trees text each other,
the ripe scent
of berry and pine, the breath
of sawn wood --
until a woman interrupts
crossing their path on wheels.
Again, the texting starts
a shake of leaves, a sway of branch,
the quandary of what to say.
Cyclist or Hepburn,
the latter seems more savvy;
her wide-brimmed hat
floating black with a scarf
Her shadow making it two
for the road
instead of one,
and her eyes, large and lovely.
Their chestnut light
falling into a glide, you gaze at yourself
and the charade
of Autumn pretending
to be Summer. Its surveillance of birds
Marie-France's whimsical painting , "Bonne Rentree" inspired this poem which has a light-hearted supposition. If trees have a language of their own, thoughts and spirit, how would they feel in a rustic world underscored by modern tourists and technology? They might communicate with each other through an invisible scripting of leaf /branch movement, scent and shadow, the angle of light and wind. It would be their version of "texting". And having witnessed the urban arrival of people from different parts of the city and suburbs, they would become acquainted with the more sophisticated ways of the cosmopolitan world, even perhaps, have viewed their own countryside being used for a movie set/location.
So what happens then when a woman rides her bicycle through their region resembling the late actress, Audrey Hepbrun? How would they define her? What word would they use to describe her presence? That becomes the capricious debate in this poem. Using a vernacular term like "cyclist" would be commonplace, general and lacking a certain "savoir faire". It would make them seem as rustic trees that have never expanded their horizons , typically used to seeing hikers, bikers and woodsmen who rather look all the same with their gear and clothing. Yet, this sudden intrusion of a chic woman crossing their path on wheels gives them a chance to employ their wit and imagination. A singular, ingenious word that would convey their savvy intelligence. And that would be calling her "Hepburn" because of all the similarities in her look, motion and interaction with the scene that makes them reminiscent of the actress and her film history.
Those movies would include: "Breakfast At Tiffany's", "Two For the Road" and "Charade".
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