Our first Poem of the Month for 2019 comes from Michelle O’Sullivan’s collection The Flower and the Frozen Sea (2015).
Broken daylight and the wind singing,
the sun in threads can’t reach these stone-
dense hills or the rain-fed lake.
It’s a charmless fool’s gold.
This settling and unsettling, cold taking
to the skin like lime, white clouds working
themselves loose, began with a lapse,
grey and undefined.
Now quieter, away from the lake, tucked
between grass and a shallow river, swift
dusks of green and earth-rich hazels.
A humble brilliance in the cold still here,
this shy-startle and glide of goldfinches —
small fires bringing live coal and jasper.
by Michelle O’Sullivan
The Flower and the Frozen Sea (2015)