Looking back, I was never there – not in that room, that bed, that body. I was not lost. I was too heavy – I was sunk down in the dark, where the light runs slow. Blue shafts of sunlight filtering down – my eyelids barely touched – my skin too heavy, all my bones, too heavy. I was not lost, just deep, sleeping my dark sleep, dreaming my dark dreams.
For Merril at dVerse, who gives us a list of podcast titles, and asks us to incorporate two of them into a poem. Here’s the list:
Orion strides across the sky, chasing a golden moon. His children are out hunting – owl holds still, listening: the world a syncope of heartbeats; fox slinks smoothly through a pewter world overlaid with multi-coloured stinks and weasel dreams of nut-plump fieldmice – all the world is glimmering and rustling, feasting before the winter starves us all.
Everything changes: the Good Queen becomes the Wicked Witch. The grey wolf gobbles up the moon, the moon destroys the wolf. Take one step sideways and the monster is a frightened child. We, who are dazzled by the sun, are scared of shadows. We forgive ourselves, condemn ourselves, spiralling round the truth, walking the labyrinth, flickering between light and dark. Nothing is distinct – stars sparkle in the night, and clouds cast shadows on the corn field.
Alone in her saffron coloured kitchen she mixes up sugary dreams for us all: ginger-bread horses with lemony manes, cinnamon soldiers with peppermint canes. and the sweet sticky scents roll out, down the hall, and we smile at the smell of her witching.
A spicy poem for dVerse tonight, where Merril is hosting. I’m having fun with this sestain form at the moment.
This is something like redemption – this bright shattering and shimmering. Each bird is something like an angel, and together they are light carved into feather, light made into storm, or wind-caught wave. Light stirred, made into something solid. Living light.
An ekphrastic poem inspired by this wonderful image by Lee Madgwick. I’m hosting at dVerse tonight, and there are more images and links to poems to inspire you there.