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In this issue, I wrote a collection of poems on the power that a year can have. Transformative, restorative and sometimes brutal. I aimed to capture the cycle of reflection, preparation, false-starts, and cleansing.
My faourite poem of this collection is Summer, who’s echoing reminder to start fresh and let your passion drive you, was so quick to write and almost fell out of me…
Bring in your old gods, on holly boughs and let them get punch drunk warm. Trace sunlight gold over all the rooms to keep out chill and the growing night. Give past presents to those loved for gods reborn into new made plans. And sit with it each of you alone in a month of mixed spices in hope…
From empty finger furrows and new trod earth comes a trip-up. It lasted long enough and resolutely too but starts are false. So facing down the dirt you can take stock of all as changed. And looking up again can see a chance to replant feet. Take one shaking leap and standing now from sodden earth. Just one step more you’re shaking free come sprinting out. And in the dust cloud left behind are best laid plans.
I am not who I was so I burnt her down. She, of hot skys and dragged out days She, her own fake caught in bronze A statue build and to her relief fresh rain smudge features barely seen I am not who I was Made gold from green fresh growth is gone crisped and bent but roots are strong And with a light a hiss, a flick She, of new flame a forest fire I am not who I was so I burnt her down.
In crispness begin, the next chapter thumb through leaves and stamp out pages onto the rain fresh pavement to the un-worn carpet. In fondness rapt, the driving pace falling heavy words and litter little hopes into the in-between seems to the un-bent spine. In decision made the choice clear to up roots and more and shake minds free onto something bigger to the un-known…
Volume 02 Issue 04 // POWER // Winter 2018