In darkness let your fan of fingers open,imagine amethyst’s purple crystalsat a geode’s heart liquifying to honeyuntil your face muscles loosen, your shoulders,which have borne so much, begin to unlockand stillness is a quilt over your body,a feather lining within. Now the tockof pulse emerges and breath passes quietlyas a slippered friend. Beyond the house tyreswhirr on tarmac and geese call as they rushthe sky. The grief of the bereaved will pushinto your room and nameless losses sustainedby the displaced. Hold silence and you may hearrain on fruitless fields, grasses rising again.
by Myra Schneider
© Myra Schneider, 2008
Circling the Core is the most recent collection of Myra Schneider's
prolific writing career, which has encompassed children's fiction as
well as ten poetry collections. 'Stillness', the long poem from which
this is a complete part, is indicative of her sensitive explorations –
often situated within nature – which she performs through
sympathetically inhabiting her subjects. The result is sensuous and
intricate verse, aided by the technical brilliance which has made
Schneider a poet loved by poets. You can find out more about Myra
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