Here is another poem from The Singing Bowl, in advance of its publication in October. I mentioned in my last post that The Singing Bowl begins with a section called Local Habitations, celebrating epiphanies in particular places. This is followed by a section called ‘The Four Loves’ which is a set of poems exploring and evoking love and friendship. This poem, Glances, which opens that second section, is in some ways a bridge between the two. It is a celebration of love and friendship, but like the poems in the first section, it is also about an epiphany in a particular place. ‘The Green Man’ in this poem is a pub in Grantchester, and the meadow, is of course Grantchester meadows, already so celebrated in song and poetry. The epiphany was a sudden awareness of everything as gift and especially of receiving a familiar landscape as a new and unfamiliar gift because you see it through someone else’s eyes.
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For Maggie and Cathy
Down from the Green Man, where the meadow starts,
And through the meadow to the running stream
We saunter into summer side by side,
The three of us, and watch as three swans glide
Like some heraldic emblem in a dream
That only opens up to open hearts.
Walking between you everything I see
Is doubled and redoubled through your eyes
And through the words and silences we share,
And everything is gift! I stop and stare.
Everything dances, everything! Surprise
Glances between you both, glances to me,
And glances from the child in me who stands
Unseen between us almost holding hands.