For Jan Betley
© By James Simmons
The sad river passes
through melancholy glades
where leaves are silenced. It is late.
Under damp grasses
under the mist and trees, grenades
are stored in boxes, and will wait.
© James Simmons, For Jan Betley, 1973, complete text, Poems 1956-1986, 1986, The Gallery Press.
James Simmons makes a simple reference to the latent violence in beautiful surroundings.