Trick of the Light

Posted: July 1, 2015 in default

To link up with The Platform at http://withrealtoads.blogspot.se/ this is a poem from my debut collection, Fault Line, just published by Lapwing

You are looking at a lie I wanted to say. Puncturing this dark are
numberless stars that died oh how many million years ago and
yet here they are, diamonds in the river, lights in lovers eyes,
levers freeing a thousand poets’ lines.

Those bold bright dot-to-dot trillion megawatt pinprick beams
of Pleiades, The Plough and Sagittarius always steal the show,
but come with me. To some place so remote where no unnatural
light clouds the night. Maybe the Atacama, no neons there.

Then once your eyes adjust to the true reality of dark, a zillion
stars, a thousand constellations, nebulas, the Milky Way will
dazzle you into silence. So much light travelling from places that
had gone before we were.

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Comments
  1. Vinay Leo R. says:

    Interesting poem πŸ™‚ The first line got me thinking if the person is looking at a lie that you wanted to say, or did you want to tell them that they are looking at a lie πŸ˜€ I figured out it’s the former of course. But nice to imagine.

    The starry night does dazzle me into silence at times, as I contemplate the day sitting under it πŸ™‚

    Leo @ I Rhyme Without Reason

  2. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Then once your eyes adjust to the true reality of dark, a zillion
    stars, a thousand constellations, nebulas, the Milky Way will
    dazzle you into silence.

    There are so many wonders of this universe.. to which we are alien.. unaware of what’s out there.. how right of you to say that we shall be dazzled into silence. Beautifully penned πŸ™‚

  3. Kerry O'Connor says:

    I can appreciate the amount of work that went into this poem. Your form is strong and the expansion of ideas kept to a controlled pace.

  4. Places that had gone before we were. This poem is a painting, the kind that swirls up like a hologram all around you.

  5. I especially love your opening stanza, which describes the stars’ beauty brilliantly, as reflected here on earth.

  6. Marian says:

    Nice! Nice to meet you. I’ve been distracted and haven’t been as present in the Garden as I like to be, so just catching up with you now. Glad to!

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