Two Poems to Usher in the New Year
NEW YEAR’S DAY
Dropped, the Ball orchestrated the Big Bang,
the constellations, the Square
& its ear-nose-and-throat-splitting invective.
Night effervesced. Then it was done.
Earth blackened on her molten stick.
Ancient cities dwindled into coals.
One by one, the lights went,
popping until the filament of the last bulb
spittled & singed its comet tail.
Not done— I was wrong.
An icicle leapt.
Plenitude crept into the congealed
circuitry of my blood.
Pine boughs laced with snow
whispered your name.
(from Paper Oranges, 2008)
© Carolyn Marie Souaid
BLESSING (a Cento*)
The world is calling out for the world.
In the throat, an endless mountain
words rising, the shapes unnatural,
a bluish bit of hush at the centre.
See the circling hawk: there is longing here.
The Rapids, Susan Gillis
To the River, Tim Lilburn
A Page from the Wonders of Life on Earth, Stephanie Bolster
A Walker in the City, Méira Cook
That Other Beauty, Karen Enns