Poem ‘Adventus’

Adventus

I wake up
and the world has changed

there’s a strange quality to the light,
lurid colours of the sky creating
anthropomorphic shapes in clouds,
warnings weaved through vapour trails
like a painting by Roerich

I hear the blackbird
he’s singing a new song,
displaced by the cunning air
in an odd synchronicity
which cavorts with my mind,
a nameless advent

a voice in my head
says to ignore the news,
make a lover of the duvet
and I resolve play Vaughan Williams
around the clock,
cry out my heart to his glorious fifth
till that sweet second
to midnight comes

poem and image © copyright dfbarker 2012

abstract image created digitally.

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24 thoughts on “Poem ‘Adventus’

  1. …especially:
    “and I resolve play Vaughan Williams
    around the clock,
    cry out my heart to his glorious fifth
    till that sweet second
    to midnight comes”
    again: BEAUTIFUL!

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  2. Hi David
    That feeling of a changed world when you wake up, I can relate.
    Making a lover of the duvet 🙂 that’s funny. Birds and waking up, there is no better way to do that! And the image adds to the feeling of strangeness.
    To be brief: beautiful.

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  3. The dreamer reclining and almost wallowing in the increasing light is very clear to me in both the digitized artwork and in the poem. Makeing a lover of the duvet: perfect January morning choice! Once again, thank you for acknowledging the advent of this light, this celebration.

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  4. Thank you so much Granbee, I appreciate it. Although I am not ‘conventionally’ religious, I do feel that something light and bright is on its way. It might be a bit a roller coaster ride but… !

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  5. David, I really love this poem – it has a cozy optimism about it that goes against “the news” of the day. As metaphor, I feel it – the coming of a new day – a new journey ahead for humanity perhaps? And as you said to Granbee – the probability of a roller coaster ride first. 🙂

    The line: “till that sweet second to midnight comes” completes the poem with a hopeful tension. Nicely done, as always – along with the painting, which is beautiful!

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  6. Betty, I’m grateful to you! You are an inspiration to so many – I wish I had sustained my effort in creative pursuits more consistently, like you appear to have done. The quality of your work shines through decades.

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