May 3, 2008

Light is lifting, trees
sidestepping, circling
a clearing, in the centre

an abandoned house,
bareheaded, on its
knees before an
oblivious sky.

Fire’s rough tongue
has melted glass,
flamed wood to smoke
leaving a husk of
scorched stone.

Now grass grows in
empty geometries,
insects sift detritus and
the wind that fanned
the fire mouths an
apologetic sigh.

by Jo Hemmant

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  1. May 3, 2008 at 9:51 am

    Lovely, Jo. ‘Empty geometries’ – that rings like a bell! Good to see you published at last. Onwards and upwards…

  2. May 3, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    Wonderful, Jo.

  3. May 3, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    Beautiful landscape poem and a wonderful reading,

  4. May 4, 2008 at 2:43 am

    the wind that fanned
    the fire mouths an
    apologetic sigh

    Love this.

  5. May 4, 2008 at 5:14 am

    the wind that fanned
    the fire mouths an
    apologetic sigh.

    i just loved this line,, it made me recall something i read the other day about the importance of fire in the regeneration of nature… i feel as if the sigh we hear uttered here,, is fire appreciating a job well done… even tho we may be unable to see it as that at the moment….

  6. May 4, 2008 at 8:22 am

    nice one

  7. May 4, 2008 at 11:41 am

    Loved hearing this one read! What a treat!

  8. May 4, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    nice to hear your voice, i want to hear more! now i’ll have your voice in my head as i read. thank you

  9. May 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    Great poem, Jo. I’m gonna come back for a listen when the kids are asleep. This is particularly gorgeous writing:
    “Fire’s rough tongue
    has melted glass”

  10. May 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    p.s. maybe we should try a joint submission sometime? I paint from you or you write from me? I would be fun to mail the work in progress back and forth, yours and mine…

  11. May 4, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    I absolutely love this, one Jo. Perfection — from first light to last sigh.

  12. May 5, 2008 at 3:54 am

    Thank you all very much and thanks qarrtsiluni.

    Rick that is a fantastic idea, I’ll mail you.

  13. May 5, 2008 at 6:41 am

    It’s even better when you read it. You should consider MP3-ing all your poems and having a two-fold posting: text and sound. I enjoyed this a lot.

  14. May 5, 2008 at 8:28 am

    In reference to Rick’s suggestion, we want to make it clear that we very much welcome multi-author submissions, though we rarely get them (aside from when we did a special Ekphrasis issue). And single-author submissions that combine two or more media are welcome also.

  15. May 5, 2008 at 8:49 am

    Jo – this is superb, stunning …. am blown away by your reading of what was a magnificent poem to start with … *wild applause*

  16. May 5, 2008 at 10:38 am

    Oh, thanks qarrtisluni, I was going to e Dave to check. I will let Rick know, that’s great as I love collaborating with him.

  17. May 5, 2008 at 11:11 am

    absolutely beautiful poem
    absolutely beautiful voice
    wonderful all around

  18. May 5, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    Just when I think ive seen the best, you do something even better…. love it!

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