Thomas Hardy-The garden bench

Today would have been Thomas Hardy’s birthday. Known predominantly through his novels his poems are equally of note. Here is a poem more about memory, than the ghosts it suggests. I wonder how many have a bench like this in their garden.

The garden seat

Its former green is blue and thin,
And its once firm legs sink in and in;
Soon it will break down unaware,
Soon it will break down unaware.

At night when reddest flowers are black
Those who once sat theron come back;
Quite a row of them sitting there,
Quite a row of them sitting there.

With them the seat does not break down,
Nor winter freeze them, nor floods drown,
For they are as light as upper air,
They are as light as upper air!

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