The days that spend you subdue you like evening light, worn out hours surrendered, poured, yearnings yielded, visions bare as barren winter branches where solemn birds alight to pick clean last colour from brittle bone. Then suddenly, from nowhere and everywhere a flush of sunlight shakes the boughs awake. rifling rays fray … More Dispensation
Your wings arch and rise. Beneath such tides the world is silenced. Observant, the clouds roll back a parchment scribed with prophesy I can’t translate. Your eye, dart sharp, immaculate, clear as a lake reflecting granite sky. Your dull plumage brims with a universe of stars. From marble plinth, brink you … More Heron
“I have no philosophy, I have senses.” – Fernando Pessoa. With the ever increasing moral relativism of modern life the quote above seems to embody a way of being that is refreshingly unaffected, simple and honest. There is a natural inclination to identify with our more basic instincts when confronted with overwhelming complexity. Although this … More Two sides of Nature through poetry
In Ursula Le Guin’s book series “The Earthsea Quartet.” The young ‘prentice Sparrowhawk, learns that to become a Mage he must realize the true name of things. In other words he must learn how to “see” the true essence and nature of reality, with clarity. In old folk tales the archetypal crone named “Baba Yaga the … More Paradox and Truth
There is almost no other poet that stirs emotion in me as much as he who was affectionately known as the Peasant Poet, John Clare. Clare’s poetry is infused with a language as textured in tone and hue as the countryside he describes with such unsentimental affection. The jagged rhyming couplets of The Badger drive … More John Clare – The nature of humanity and the Sacred in Nature
Autumn A russet hum of leaves in gold hued gasp, un-link their chain-link grasp, fall to moss green burr and sod. Above the sky, Elk grey and still as if in exile from a great herd. A strum of geese beneath a chord of cloud, clattering wings pulled bow taut and … More Write a Poem with me? Write descriptive imagery using Synesthesia to blend senses.
The Enclosures were a series of United Kingdom Acts of Parliament which enclosed open fields and common land in the country, creating legal property rights to land that was previously considered common. Between 1604 and 1914, over 5,200 individual Enclosure Acts were put into place, enclosing 6.8 million acres. Prior to the enclosures in England, a … More Ode to a Fallen Elm and our communal Kith (A poets lament on the privatization of the natural world)
Liminal ˈlɪmɪn(ə)l/ adjective technical adjective: liminal 1. 1. relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process. 2. 2. occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold. If prose is a map that leads you from A to B, poetry would be the landmarks in between. Prose seeks a destination, a … More Four Poems on Liminal Space