Monday, 4 April 2011

old iron




of itself

Buttoned-up with rivets,
an abandoned sluice pipe
we noted with something more
than fleeting regard,
acknowledging its shift, when?
From something ugly to somehow fitting
here among the remains of an old claim.
The birds sang, the grass leaned,
the sand sighed. The whole planet

shifted, as it does every morning, tilting
its face to the moon, or away,
but imperceptibly. We moved on
forgetting how it all breathes, until now
when I look again at the photo I took
of this old iron and see traces of sky
reflected in rust, the life
of light in its laggard melting
back into this earth we spin on.

Kay McKenzie Cooke

1 comment:

Clare Dudman said...

Very strong beginning and ending here, I think - love the 'buttoned-up' and the 'melting back into earth'.

Harbour

Harbour
'how this all harbours light'