Crossing Paths

FE in Creative Writing, Poetry Assignment at Leicester University

 

As ‘Crossing Paths’ is made up of two poems spliced together and rearranged to create a visual image with words. The concept requiring the reader to rotate the paper, to mentally follow the paths of the two poems that have relating themes. Indicating that there is balance in nature and words alike… The two (untitled) pieces are as follows: 

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5am wake up calls tip-tapping along the hull
precision dog-fight pilots with
a cascade of noise excited chatter
squabbling feathers fly
i turn to see your black glass eye hungry
you come so close yet still so cautious
you talk to me you watch me
yet you still won’t trust me
our royal highness you do not ignore
giant feet slapping churning frothing
water he reaches his full long length
tip-tapping upon glass round
the watchful mother guarding
black cotton wool balls of life
shrill cheeping calling cries
alert learning flight
once i saw a flash so bright so swift
brilliant orange electric blue a purr
hovering wings flutter zap gone
a split second of breathless awe
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i arrived in the heart of winter amidst falling snow
trapped in the mud my arrival scarred the earth
my whole life wrapped up in boxes
i was alone
frozen water immense sheets of ice fizzled and cracked
electric sounds echoing through the air
a creak ting snap friction
i thought i would never be warm again
the scent of new life brings hope
rich thick earth parts for growth
sleeping seeds awake reach for light
a frisky underlying desire
hatch doors thrown open to welcome the sun
we count babies from week to week
watching hatchlings grow yet
only those strong survive
the leaves decorate the surface water
wood is horded and stored
a fresh nip clips the air with
a taste of frost
we circle water rises and drops
in the heart of nature
weather rules and i learn
i am never alone
***
Anne Harrison 30.06.17
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