Friday, June 23, 2006

News from poetry part V


A swing grinds on its chains.
A child sits pushing.
There's no eucalyptus,
atlas pine, or flowering ash,
no other child is calling
from the tender modulations of leaves:
just each note
of her ringing heart,
the feeling of being pushed
into the air.
I often think about
the long process that loves
the sound we make.
It swings us until
we've got it by heart:
the music we are.
But sometimes I sense
the child's life
twisted away from its
own mystery: the voice
struck, held back.
I long to be a symphony
levitated by grace-notes.
Quietly, I wait,
listening to myself
when, suddenly innocent of misery -
that feeling comes
of being lifted into the air:
that clear singing
above bare stones, above
the common rattle
of chains.

Judith Beverage, Australia


Post a Comment

<< Home

For Dirk Fans like me