Gold-foot, loping, leaping to light,twisting to the smile on the silent field,flying to the drum of the full moon dance,hops the hedge, legs spread loose,lank, then taut, tight, sprightlysprings, flips to her form, then:still.
Spellbound, sleek, almostinvisible, low on dark ground,inscrutable hieroglyph of being, seeingsecrets deep behind honey eyes,old as time, cold as stone,alone with night, a million stars,counting.
Up again, snatched from dreams,darting to the mewse, the Old Ways,pitched like a soft stone, silhouettedon rising silver, high over water,low across earth, drawn to the down,the husk hushed, then wild, moonstruck,shadow boxing things unseen.
by Oz Hardwick
'The Midnight Hare' is copyright © Oz Hardwick, 2010. It is reprinted from The Illuminated Dreamer by permission of Oversteps Books.
Notes from Oversteps:
Oz Hardwick, a York-based writer, photographer,
lecturer and musician, has published widely, including two previous
collections. He also writes on art and literary history, and is
Professor of English at Leeds Trinity University College. As Paul
Hardwick, he has recently published an impressive book about English
misericords, English Medieval Misericords: The Margins of Meaning (Boydell Press, 2011). You can read more about Oz Hardwick at this link, find out more about his music here, and read a further poem from The Illuminated Dreamer at this page.
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