Alexander Averin

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

A Poem I Must Share

Every now and then I read a poem that is outstanding and this is one of them, it was written by Margaret Livingston and won First Prize in Mslexia's Women's Poetry Competition 2010; the judge was poet Vicki Feaver.   

Since reading it last night I have been thinking of it all day  -  there are several lines in this very moving poem that are truly brilliant.  See if you agree.

The Widower and his clothes 


The winter after
the weather organised his clothes.
He took to moors and beaches
and tentative horizons
that juggled sun and blizzards
on the ocean’s edge.

He took to rocks,
and sturdier boots,
and ditches where the rain
lay muttering with the moss
and dark newts lived a definite life
that made him feel unformed.

He looked to trees
their roots, like talons, holding on,
and found a heavier coat
that made his back seem real
and his arms more able
to push him through the day.

He wrapped a scarf
around his mouth to keep
his language warm, his words
in hibernation, while he
lingered on the hillside
where the frost was yet to melt.

The weather chose his clothes
that careful chrysalis, in which his heart
adjusted to the qualities of snow,
until the winter nuzzles into spring
and his fingers, in their gloves,
begin to think of touch.

Margaret Livingston


ds said...

I do agree, Cait. This is a marvelous poem. I love especially "the weather organised his clothes" and "He wrapped a scarf/around his mouth to keep/his language warm..." among much else.
Thank you so much for sharing this.

Toni aka irishlas said...

This is an amazing piece of poetry. Thank you for sharing.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Cait, I am happy to report your blog was the winner of the book of Paul McCartney's poetry. Please send me your mailing address, and I'll get it right out to you!
Congratulations and thanks for commenting!!

Posie said...

Beautiful poem Cait, and it seems to match the new painting you have, I loved the image of the child snuggled into the land...

mollygolver said...

Cait - that is a most beautiful poem. thank you so much for sharing it with us!

elizabethm said...

That is an extraordinary poem which I would never have come across without your blog Cait. Thank you.

CAMILLA said...

A beautiful poem Cait, can see why it won first prize.

Thank you for sharing with us Cait.