Part of a Letter
Easy as cove-water rustles its pebbles and shells
In the slosh, spread, seethe, and the backsliding
Wallop and tuck of the wave, and just that cheerful,
Tables and earth were riding
Back and forth in the minting shades of the trees.
There were whiffs of anise, a clear clinking
Of coins and glasses, a still crepitant sound
Of the earth in the garden drinking
The late rain. Rousing again, the wind
Was swashing the shadows in relay races
Of sun-spangles over the hands and clothes
And the drinkers’ dazzled faces,
So that when somebody spoke, and asked the question
Comment s’appelle cet arbre-là?
A girl had gold on her tongue, and gave this answer:
Ça, c’est l’acacia.