Five-fingered ivy, born in an neighbour’s
garden, mounts a brick wall, climbs up
the side of the terrace house next door.
Along its stem, tendrils emerge
to penetrate and fasten in tiny fissures.
Alluring parasite — so green in summer,
blood-red in fall — crawls on to our balcony,
aiming for down spouts and roof tiles. At night,
beneath Orion, a solitary bine
has poked through our transom window. Soon,
we’ll lie entwined as in a Briar Wood.
Norbert Hirschhorn is a public health physician, commended by President Bill Clinton as an “American Health Hero.” He lives in London He has published four collections of poetry; a fifth is in press. His poems have appeared in numerous US/UK publications, several as prize-winning. See his website, www.bertzpoet.com.
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