Saturday 1 September 2012

Featured Poem for September 2012 by Kenneth Steven

An Extract from 'A Song among the Stones'

By Kenneth Steven

 (This poem comes from a sequence of  poems entitled 'A Song among the Stones', not long out from Polygon in
Edinburgh. It tells the story of hermits who are likely to have made the journey from Iona in the Hebrides to Iceland in the 7th or 8th Century).

the water lilies pearling the lochs
ruffled in the tugging of the wind

the sunlight comes wild and strong

in gusts like bunches of blown daffodils

this northernness novembered in a moment

driven slate-grey in a suddenness of storm

yet this is the place they came to find

an island thin to the divine

on the edge of the world

a beauty brittle as a bird's egg

larks spinning songs out of sheer sky

orchids blowing in hidden glens

and sometimes, just sometimes

the glory of God in the morning

© Copyright Kenneth Steven 2012.
Please do not use without the poet’s permission.

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