Transformations, poetry

Sandy Weisman: Matins

Posted:  Friday, November 20, 2015 - 2:30pm

What is waiting will not be what I expect.

Still I summon familiar evidence –
wings of insects, patterned
moth, white bones on the shore –
scapula and rib

roses blooming inside my mouth
deep sighing of delphinium

calm water, blue and the sheen
of violet – like a taffeta dress worn
when I was five, rustling as I twirled.

Hear the morning song, a calling out
over the grasses, bird and beast,
rain that trickles from the roof
just now, like a Bach fugue
resembling Coltrane, the minor 7th
progressing to its major.

The islands slumber, immune to news –
more shootings in the cities – and light
spills onto the world pretending love,

bursts into thrill on the skin of the water.

I feel more confident than reason allows.

Sandy WeismanSandy Weisman is a poet and visual artist. Her poetry is included in two anthologies and several other journals, including Barrow Street, Off the Coast, the Aurorean and Muddy River Review. Weisman is the owner of 26 Split Rock Cove, an artist community of studios, artist living space and workshops in South Thomaston.


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