By Josephine Miles 1911–1985 Josephine Miles
Through the branches of the Japanese cherry
Blooming like a cloud which will rain
A rain white as the sun
The living room across the roadway
Cuts its square of light
And in it fight
Two figures, hot, irate,
Stuck between sink and sofa in that golden cage.
Come out into the night, walk in the night,
It is for you, not me.
The cherry flowers will rain their rain as white
Cool as the moon.   
Listen how they surround.
You swing among them in your cage of light.
Come out into the night.

Josephine Miles, "Cage" from Josephine Miles: Collected Poems 1930-83. Copyright © 1983 by Josephine Miles.  Reprinted by permission of University of Illinois Press.

Source: Collected Poems 1930-83 (University of Illinois Press, 1983)


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Poet Josephine Miles 1911–1985


Subjects Nature, Trees & Flowers, Living, Disappointment & Failure, Relationships, Men & Women

Poetic Terms Imagery, Metaphor