After Tim Williams
Today’s report is of a soft yet piercing
quality of light, Earth tilting on her axis,
& us in this Northern Hemisphere
near where land meets the sea.
In woods the up & up of all living Beings –
finials of birdsong refining the air;
pale buds pushing out of stems;
plump pinky-grey nubs of Willow,
& the eager, praying hands of leaves.
Chittering Coal Tits amongst Larch cones;
Hazel’s trembling catkins & green
shoots pointing through layered mulch
beneath. Dampness, delicious cool,
though the Sun draws attention
to each & every detail. Today,
there’s mass awakening – the sky
announcing this, & an earthly chorus
with the clearest song. May love prevail!
Stand in this ground & grow!
Helen Moore is an acclaimed ecopoet based in NE Scotland. She has published two poetry collections, Hedge Fund, And Other Living Margins (Shearsman Books, 2012) and ECOZOA (Permanent Publications, 2015), described by John Kinsella as “a milestone in the journey of ecopoetics”. Her poems, essays and reviews have been published widely, and her work has been translated into Italian. A pamphlet, The Disinherited, was published in 2017 and Helen’s third collection, The Mother Country, is due in 2019. FFI: http://www.helenmoorepoet.com