Poetry may be solitary in its composition, but it can be deeply connected to community through inspiration, feedback, sharing, revision, encouragement, and enjoyment. Recently some friends and I responded to Kelly Belmonte‘s friendly challenge to write poetry inspired by the photograph below.
Sunset on Brant Lake. Photo by Kevin Belmonte.
Malcolm Guite wrote “Sunset,” an evocative and beautiful sonnet that draws on C.S. Lewis and solar imagery.
As it turned out, my contribution also had a Lewisian influence; here it is.
You can listen to my reading of the poem by clicking on the title, if the player doesn’t appear.
Light and Water
The pines stand dark against an ember sky,
Every separate shadow of their branches
Massed into a solid wall of black,
A frame around the light so we can bear
The sunlit weight of gold and red and silver
Reflected in the water’s subtle mirror:
Above, below, the same and not the same.
Here we can almost touch that light, nearer
In the gap between the day and night, so close
It seems we only need, just once, to dare
One step to enter in, to find our home
Where every hour has unfading glories,
Ever changing, nothing lost; and where
The morning star is bright in every hour.