illuminating moments

sunrise over Mediterranean

The sunrise streets
are hammered gold
while mundane city bylaws
 gleam
with transient enlightenment

Not for the first time, I am reminded that much of my poetry is centred on the visual and heavily influenced by the quality of light.

The fragment above was written recently, inspired by a sunrise over the Mediterranean; but the Spanish day offers many other moments when the light simply can’t be ignored: at times it is completely overpowering and it certainly changes your view of things.

Gap in awning showing blue sky

To balance the sunrise, here is an old piece written when I lived in an attic in Madrid some twenty years or more ago:

El Dorado

At midday
incandescent angles
pierced my eyes.

Now all that remains
is honey-gold. Swallows rise
on updraughts: smuts
above the embers of the day.

Author: don't confuse the narrator

Exploring the boundary between writer and narrator through first person poetry, prose and opinion

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