the flash of time


the flash of time

that underpins all things

when words are mist

a heron glides

beyond the reeds


butterfly dust

on the heels

of summer

following the fox

along the beaten track


you profess

to be no musician

and yet

as if it were a koto

I offer you my heart


ten thousand leaves

whisper in the shale…

ebbing moon


hint of cool…

the dragonfly’s last flash

of green


 all from Blithe Spirit volume 21, number 4, December 2011


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kay Tracy
    Jan 28, 2012 @ 18:30:05

    That third set is my favorite. A loving sentiment.


  2. kirigirisu
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 13:54:44

    The beauty and “tyranny of time” portrayed so richly, Claire. Every poem is memorable, though I confess any poem portraying a bird has a numinous quality for me.


    • Claire
      Jan 31, 2012 @ 19:51:33

      Thank you Brian and Kay…I must admit, Brian, a bird poem never fails to draw me in. Imbolc Blessigs to you both. It looks like winter is just upon us here with a dramatic drop in temperature, just when the first crocuses and snowdrops are coming through…


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