Transfiguration

Red Maples by CTD 2005 Flickr Creative Commons

There is a quiet moment
when winter moves aside
and spring begins
secret and obscure
it hides
known to initiates
holding full glory
of the new season
in newly formed hands

In mystery
arching and straight
stark as branching veins
against the flat sky
small trees lift their
growing edges
to be transformed
from sienna to burgundy
by the warmth and light
of an eternal star.

Red maples slowly uncoil
their blossoms
promise of fruitfulness
chancing cold
frost tinged air
they rise in union
with the opening world

Photo credit: flickr creative commons user Ctd 2005

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8 thoughts on “Transfiguration

    • Matthew, as a singer first, the sounds of words are frequently the most compelling thing to me. If I had to choose a favorite poem of mine, this one might just be the one. I love the feeling of “privileged sight” allowing me to witness something that perhaps others do not see, or hear, or know. It becomes a secret bit tucked away in my heart.

      • Only a fortunate few are open to privileged sight. Thank you for sharing your perspectives and experiences. I look forward to reading your poetry in the future.

        As a musician, I completely understand the presentation of words and thoughts that impress upon us through the creative process. As a poet/writer, we have the luxury of childlike admiration and wonder for life’s simplest of things.

        Any literary influences?

      • Octavio Paz, Mary Oliver, Billy Collins, Rilke, Galway Kinnell, my dear friend and our South Carolina Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth.

        Who are your literary influences?

      • For the poems from 2003-2008 contained within my book, Mimesis, I’d say it was an evolution of Classic English poets: Shakespeare, Donne, Shelley, Blake…to Classic American poets: Emerson, Eliot’s Wasteland and Contemporary American poets: Morrison and others. From love poems to poems of a more contemplative nature.

        Nowadays, I’m heavily influenced, or impressed, by Stephen Crane (for his absolute intensity) and Richard Brautigan (for his satire).

        Familiar with a few of your influences. I need to look into Marjory.

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