Shutters VI

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The sixth of a series of twelve written at a shuttered window. Originally published in the anthology Terra Firma.

Shutters VI

For instance, the pear blossom’s coiled
descent, whispering its way to the
earth, or a cold spiracle

releasing air in time to present a new flower,
the exhalation entwined and open
like a small door to a place the sun won’t

touch, the center trembling and pale.
The between, the interval of now and
now brought to fruition. A sudden thought.

What carries it aloft cannot be held.

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27 thoughts on “Shutters VI

  1. This is coming from someone who does not know that much about poetry… but I love this. It flows so smoothly. I don’t know if this is right, but I see the dust motes hanging in the light between the slats of the blinds which in turn cast darkness. I went back to read the whole set (thus far) and I also really like the first one; for its deceiving simplicity even though it offers so much more than just what’s on the surface. I look forward to reading the next six, and any other work you put out there!

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    • Thank you. There is no “right” – you fill in the empty spaces with your own thoughts, experience, philosophy. Otherwise it would be, well, boring. And I’m so glad you’ve found the deceptive simplicity in these pieces.

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  2. I regret not having visited your site till now since after reading your writings I feel much privileged to see a poet at work. “There is a universe in a grain of sand” – Only a poet by God’s grace can help us see it.

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