I see my grandfather’s bones
in frangipani tree branches:
incautious in their instinct to share,
they loll green tongues of leaf,
litter the pavement with blossoms
where they are trodden,
turn banana-skin brown.
I see them floating in saucers,
stuck in lapels,
a third ear wedged in my hair.
There was a frangipani in my grandfather’s garden:
for months it stood naked,
a mad family tree
of disorganised forks.
Then the yellow-centred flowers fell,
a crowd of umbrellas
inside-out on the lawn.
When he died, construction men
sawed the tree away, indiscriminate surgeons,
piled its pieces with broken bricks, other rubble.
His tools hang in the garage, glued to their silhouettes.
The Sultana Bran in an ice-cream container
remains now at the same level.
No more hoisting of bird feeders aloft,
no more stories.
No more blossoms: the tree was
Now a single bony arm breaks the sod
in my garden:
like my grandfather, it bears
incautious gifts of love in season.