A wind-launch drifts in the swells of rye;
Sometimes, in broad silence,
The hanging apples distil their darkness.
You, in a green dress, calling, and with brown hair,
Who come by the field-path now, whose name I say
Softly, forgive me love if also I call you
Wind's word, apple-heart, haven of grasses.
Richard Wilbur, New and Collected Poems
Study for the Bouquet, John William Waterhouse, 1908
I picked up a wonderful copy of Richard Wilbur's New and Collected
Poems from that overstock and second hand bookstore I love to visit.
You know, the one in the lovely old church building? I didn't realize
Wilbur was the winner of the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. He has
also served as the Poet Laureate of the United States and was the
primary lyricist for Bernstein's opera Candide. His poetry has an
elegant, graceful quality. This particular poem brought to mind this
soft Waterhouse painting and also Keira Knightley's stunning green
dress from the film Atonement.