Who includes diversity...
Written in March 2023: one year on.
(...sees races, eras, dates, generations,
The past, the future, dwelling there, like space, inseparable together"
Walt Whitman, Kosmos)
Only fragile glass
holds the cold
night's times at bay:
each star above the beech
owning its moment
as I own mine;
each congruent glint a tiny rupture in time's sacred arc
a faint splinter in the black, faint
as a memory in the night that touches you
as each foot of a spider caresses her web
as each flight of a bat grazes the garden air
each soft breath of light a windrift in the weft of time
having nor youth nor age:
vacant shuttles swathed with darkness
light within light, time within time, unable to offer light
to my dull world;
each diverse glim a pale schism in our present past
a fracture in the cosmos, distant
as the screams of war that touch you
as the dead baby held in a mother's arms
as her future with no future but the past
each soft breath of time a prayer in the arc of history
having nor faith nor hope:
lost generations murmured in tears
hope without hope, faith without faith, unable to accept hope
in a fruitless war.
Only shattered glass
holds my cold
night's prayers at bay:
each race, each generation,
each gender, each nation, each future,
all time, like space, inseparable together
Sat 25th Mar 2023 10:19
Thanks (again)! I don't usually write 'political' poems, but... needs must!
Sat 25th Mar 2023 09:05
A delicate and moving response to the horrors of war, Chris. I really admire this. The world needs a poem like this every day.
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