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Suzanne Herschell


Good as Gold with Leonard

A Ghazal


you take him to the garden       show him beds ablaze with a host of marigolds

& you make memories       bouquets like bling suns dripping molten gold


Wordsworth’s golden daffodils in their thousands dance to the end of love

everybody knows he gazed yet little thought them ever real gold


Van Gogh painted his priceless fields in a gilded past       yet you want it darker

while lyrics from those visionary days     & these last     are brilliant gold


see how the moon’s spectre of travelling light     passing through our black sky

lady midnight     portrays elusive dreams     no cure for love     illusory gold


on this finger       precious metal    (the queen of hearts for now)

love calls you by your name      conveys love       delusional & malleable as gold


Cohen’s gravelly voice sings your stolen song as you take him to the river

make him tea from China & half-crazy Suzanne     feed him oranges of citrus gold

About Suzanne Herschell

Suzanne Herschell is well known as an artist with numerous exhibitions and awards in New Zealand and internationally. She says, “I have taken to submitting poems to various forums to feel the joy of acceptance of work created in such solo circumstances that then gets a public airing, rather like painting.” She occasionally includes her poems in paintings and has poems published in collections and online: Meniscus, NZ Poetry Society, The Ghazal Page and others.