slow cold glow

Some fires, like winter’s low sun
linger hard and remote:
grip far gravity and tend away
taunting like a doppler scream
past far stars:
blues sparks that fade to black.
We scramble over icy flint
barefoot, seeking release
from the icy knife,
but juicy life freezes here
and love has no place
but inside another’s skin.

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Poet, playwright, duplicate bridge player, website designer, cottager, husband, father, grandfather, former athlete, carpenter, computer helper for my friends, theatre designer, backstage polymath, retired teacher of highschool English, drama, art, a baritone singer in a barbershop quartet, who knows what else? wordcurrents is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wordcurrents/ Doug also has a Facebook page, "Incognitio", related to his novels.
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4 Responses to slow cold glow

  1. danaeMcC says:

    New favorite one for print-and save. Thank you!

  2. riverwriter says:

    This piece is a reflection upon my youth in the far north, and the influence of some sci-fi short fiction that I read back then. It got me thinking that my daily trek to school at -40 was a bit similar to walking on a far moon.

  3. danaeMcC says:

    That’s very interesting. I read much more into it, suggesting what Archibald MacLeish meant when he wrote:

    A poem should not mean
    But be

    Words are magical!

  4. riverwriter says:

    That’s the idea: your imagination can make it what you want. I often feel that my words define more than the impetus that made them; as I write a piece, it tells me what it is. This poem, “slow cold glow”, derives from the experience I had, but as I wrote it, there entered other elements that built on the experience, and it became more. That’s one very powerful reason that I write: each piece becomes an intriguing adventure in my mind.

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