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Selected Poems

by Geraldine GREEN

Journey to the edge

"The dazzling 10,000 strand necklace of icicles 
that make up Saturn's rings" 

(Tim Radford, Science Editor Guardian 6.11.03)

Today felt like the last day of the world
it was warm, an unusual November sun
lit the underside of a buzzard's wings

ringed with dark feathers. 
In each field cows appeared, skins
fresh like black and white satin.

I remembered a line from On living
"This earth will grow cold/a star among stars"
- it was hard to imagine.

The day was warm with sun. 
I wanted to make love to lean-muscled beech-trees
feel hardness press into me

my hair would sizzle like gold leaves
burst with fired sugar sweet, sweeter
than caramelised toffee.

"This is where the solar magnetic field begins
fades into insignificance,
where blasts of winds
slow to less than the speed of sound."

and Voyager One
will pass beyond the heliopause
where sun's influence wanes beyond

where Jupiter's Moon, Io, ejects sulphur
thirty times higher than Everest
where Saturn's rings and the mysteries of Uranus end.

This morning the first moment was born
on "one of the smallest stars
- a gilded mote on blue velvet."

Quotes from "On living" by Nazim Hikmet
The Guardian, Tim Radford


* * *

Version 4:
Someone has stolen the message...

The empty green bottle was once full
it stood in the middle of a concrete square
I made the bottle into a tree
it was green and brown, bottles hung there.

My words hang in the tree
deeper than skin
deeper than bone

now I give the tree to you
to hang your secrets on

my words will move you
together we will share the blue
together we will become the tree that was once a bottle
that was once sand

- the bottle will deepen your mystery
you will drink and sleep its words
they will stir memories buried in you
and you will become the bottle
that was once sand
the words
that were once a tree.
A whisper has gone round
… who will find it?


* * *

I have to howl to remind myself I'm alive

There was calm at the stone circle
as the sun went its way
to the west
many cameras caught
its passing
but the Moon, my dear, rose
in the east



Bones follow me on my walks
in rock white quartz
ancestors surround me.

They walk with me
they are my companions
and are not unkind.

I offer blue sky and
Autumn's bright sun

- prisons deny us them
but they live on
in our imagination.


* * *

I want to touch

I want to touch the bones of the universe
see, smell, sense, taste, gases
before they fall
before dna spirals into form
before worms and humans crawl from mud
born of primal, antediluvial slime

I want to touch the sound of stars before I die.


* * *


It was the time of famine
our warmth the moon

each day we went to the church

- not to pray
to collect wood
for food
for fuel
each day we brought out


I remember it was famine-time
an Ikon of the Madonna and baby remained
the last thing for burning
I hid it inside my blouse and slept.


* * *


To lovers everywhere
keep handfasted to your loved one
even in hardness and stone
keep the faith of love alive
even when your loved one rejects you
keep your warmth kindled
even if your love nearly dies
keep it vibrant with the flame of laughter.

To lovers everywhere
remember the small
remember the eye of a needle
be prepared to crawl through it sometime
be prepared to howl with the pain of loss
be prepared to embrace the world
for you are one of the world's lovers
hold it as you would a butterfly.


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