Flight

 

I remember two white-bellied sea eagles

Leap singing from the forest deep

Into the spangled sea and sky

And I longed to capture this in words

which slipped unheeding through my fingers

like sand, and I heard them say,

Your fate has changed – no longer

are you to stand aside and observe,

but leap singing from the dark

into the glittering gold forever blue

 

Light Falls in Myriad Ways

 

singing through jewel islands

between leaden seas

of cathedral windows

brighter than skins of sugarplums

and flesh of ripe mangoes

 

streaming through green souls

of leaves and woven limbs of trees

to fall in amber pools

amidst twisting tangled shadows

deepening

 

and godlight seeps

through the glacial emptiness

between the dark meandering sadness

of you, falling in pools of gold,

jewel-bright

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cactus flower

 

Through these nights and days

I brooded maroon dreams

seething from the sullen core,

 

turgid walls and speared spikes

my only defense against

the unrelenting cheerfulness of the sun

 

whilst they grew large,

clutched tight and curled

within a grey- green fist

 

until it can no longer be borne!

Everything hidden explodes in this stinking

star the shade of dried blood –

 

this, my reluctant offering, too strange

for the light of day, yet at night,

it glimmers, it glows.

 

Christmas night

 

I have seen tonight

the oneiric light

silvery- blue tint

 

spider-webs like shimmering

stories spread open- hearted

for those who should read them

 

and those with tangled threads

bunched like an elven purse

or a fist, clenched,

 

on eyeshine of a civet cat

darker outlined in the darkness,

the oily lines on a banded tree frog –

 

the selfsame light that burst forth

from barren stones

on this holy night

 

and all nights

when the darkness is too wide

and I stare raw-eyed

 

into the pinpricked sky from whence

it falls electric and whisper-soft

upn my naked face

 

 

 

Snail

Blessed be this time and all times

when you picked up a stone on your path –

this black one, white-speckled-

 

and swallowed it so that it rests

like ice or a fist curled on your heart

that feels like a sullen sky

 

emptied of a cut-out patch

fallen into a darkened field

where you stood still like stone

 

as around you the world spins

in time to a music you have forgotten

or do not remember ever knowing –

 

these times, sad times, times

with spaces, alone and lonely times,

when you were as a snail

 

creeping across the open path,

trailing silver, bearing your beautiful burden

and blazing infinity on your back.

The seed and the fledgling

One day she went out walking after a storm

had felled everything and washed

the world in gold. On the path she found

 

a cracked-open husk, dark-armed seedling

protruding, dropped from flame-of -the-forest,

blood-orange blossoms brooding

 

against the darkening, and a mynah fledgling

skin rubbed-raw and purple-pink,

open beak screeching and demanding

 

for what she could not freely

give. Rage rose within her

and beneath that a pity

 

for innocents suffering. Thus she swallowed

the seed down her,  allowed it to unfurl

its shadow-leaves throughout her and it filled

 

all her empty spaces deep within.

Root- feet branching in dark soil,

leaf-arms raised to the sky of stars falling,

 

at last she can hold the lost rubbed-raw

fledging to her heart and whisper to it

all those words nobody has ever told her.

Petrichor

First the slow blush, slow-moving

and bronze crossing leaves tremulous

with the wind’s heartbeat quickening –

and petrichor with its attendant longing,

 

then gathered anger in black-beetled brows,

raised voices, footsteps stamping on the floor.

Sky descends on earth in long charcoal shadow

and everywhere, rising petrichor.

 

Look up and lift your hands to the miracle

of raindrops falling, each a world of neon and orange

leaving whirls on pavements, glittering mud

and always petrichor, saudade.