Saturday, 18 October 2014

THERE are NIGHTS like THIS...


There are nights like this,
owl soft and hung
with sheep song, when
the larches on Sunrising
slant limb-wise on
westerly winds, that lying
here upon this mossy
backbone, scented with cow
and gorse and the cold wet
earth, I know with all certainty
that, unless I dig my fingers
deep into the knotted roots
of grass at my side, I would fall

Upwards into the blackness
of the sky, trailing cold
star-fire through my outstretched
fingers.

25 comments:

  1. glorious!
    makes me think of carl sagan - "the nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. we are made of starstuff.”

    your words leave me in two minds...dig deeper and hold on, or let go and fulfil your potential...


    hi
    ;)

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    1. Hey there you!!
      That's a brilliant comment :) I hadn't thought of it as a choice. Yes which action would be the better? Gosh, I am seeing this whole post in a totally new way - and it makes a lot more sense... though that choice still remains...
      That is a wonderful quote form Carl Sagan...
      ... hey did you know that the centre of our galaxy ethyl formate can be found which means... the centre of our galaxy tastes of raspberries and smells of rum!! How wonderful is that?!

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  2. This was written with a poignant longing...wow.

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    1. The deepest longings are for those things for which we still have no words.

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  3. Beautiful! Always, always beautiful. I totally agree with the first poster - reminded me of Carl Sagan as well. One of my favorite quotes.

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    1. Thank you Mandy. Yes, it is one of those quotes that never really loses its power, isn't it?

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  4. "Upwards into the blackness
    of the sky"

    But upwards into your feelings a sun full of thoughts creates the heart of your great poem.

    Because your thoughts are traveling us - always - into the warm sea of your heart.

    Yannis Politopoulos

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    1. That is really beautiful, Yannis, thank you so much.

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  5. A beautiful sigh of remembrance. Reminiscing now of lovely nights long ago when I use to rest out under the stars staring at a twinkling sky, with dreams as big as the moon.

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    1. Aw, thank you - I think those dreams of yours can still be moon-big and full! :)

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  6. Hello my friend, so intensely beautiful, I am transported each time I read and listen to your poetry! you are truly like no other! My favorite line...I would fall upwards into the blackness...
    Breathtaking! so lovely to visit your world again!
    Wishing you and your loved ones well!
    Victoria

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    1. Thank you so much, Victoria. Wishing you the very best of Samhain wishes to you and yours. Please don't ever stop revelling in the wonder of the world. x

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  7. You certainly have an instantly recognizable voice – but there is so much of the English Pastoral in here, too: from John Clare to Gerard Manley Hopkins, and even a little of Dylan Thomas. So utterly evocative, too: bringing all your/my senses to the fore…. Thank you.

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  8. Thank you - I wonder if the landscape helps shape that English 'voice' - or whether it is that the English 'voice' of the greats has helped us to see the landscape in a certain way. I would imagine that the learned and wise would say 'a bit of both' ... as they always seem to do. :)

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  9. Merry Christmas
    from my family and my students.

    The land of love exists in our hearts.

    Yannis Politopoulos

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    1. Thank you, good friend. I hope that you and your family had a wonderful time too.

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  10. Sending wishes of Happy Holidays to you and your family .

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    1. Willow!! Sorry, I have not been around here much - I'll be catching up with everyone and everything soon
      I hope that you and your family (human and non-human) had a wonderful holiday season too! x

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  11. My dear friend,

    Happy new year from the snowing Volos.
    I hope that this year belongs to your talent.

    Yannis Politopoulos

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  12. You have been missed my friend! Hoping all is well with you.

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    1. I've not been around much here, Mandy, but I shall be catching up with you soon! .... so be warned!!! ;)

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  13. Hello...........
    I have nominated you for the very inspiring blogger award. Please go to my blog to find out more. :-)
    http://deadrosesandweepingfigs.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-very-inspiring-blogger-award.html
    God bless.

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    1. That is so lovely of you - thank you, Athira!!

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    2. you are welcome :-)..and i just wanted to let you know that i have moved my blog to a different address. Please find it at wordsareoxygen.blogspot.com
      have a great weekend sir :-)

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