The Cast of Light
Through glass we see:
red-tinted tenderness of light,
the spread of red on lake and land,
the far sky coming forth to join.
The window, though, is smeared with violence.
This red is blood. Or has a child been here,
small ghost in the night,
and made for us a finger-painting, innocent?
There Will Be Doors Disguised, and No Key Needed
When words drip over the day like paint,
a modest partial flow,
and their colours are wrong
and the water, the blue water,
remains a steady presence,
the puzzled soul can only
breathe and wait.
Perhaps there is a bed to make,
a floor to clean,
a swath of sunlight to step into
while breathing. A little later
the outline of an opening appears,
and another, and another, and another.
In the Falling Happenstance of Depth and Light
The curtain tears itself to let the radiance,
the braid of chance and form,
the accidental glow,
Droplets of light gleam through streaks descending,
through living lines of deep-sea blue-green,
We urge it toward words:
this thing that happens.
We are compelled.
It’s like sex, physical. Like sex it insists,
pulling and flinging and melting
and otherwise shifting the shy soul to a whirl of cells,
cells of self and cells of the other,
and to the deep whirl inside cells,
and flung too yes outward
along the singing spiraling path
of the crazed and the sacred unthinkable essence of all.
We make the attempt: to lure it to pure thought, through language--
this thing that happens when in one moment we receive--
and again and again between birth and death--
in beauty receiving, astonished, unable.
Unable. But if it were possible--
once even, or repeatedly--
if we were able--
How near to death might we then be—
or near to (dare I say it?) the known/unknown,
the overflowing: God…?
Shirley Glubka is a retired psychotherapist as well as, at the age of 80, a mostly-retired poet, essayist, and novelist. But every once in a while: new work! Shirley’s proudest online publishing has been, for years, at The Ekphrastic Review. Her latest book is A Single Drop Was Full: erasure poetry (2022). Shirley lives in Prospect, Maine with her spouse, Virginia Holmes. Website: https://shirleyglubka.weebly.com/
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