Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Perth sky






Perth sky

This is the first day
when everything is possible,

Time is at my command
rather than carelessly running ahead,

I am caught in Utopia:
a nowhere space, in-between,

Once the magic number of the first
elapses, time will resume,

But for now, I am weightless,
free to watch

The sky changing colour
to match the slowly fading

Flowers on my table, their
perfume growing stronger

And moulding into a stink,
a whiff of their decaying

Beauty is echoed midwater
in the seaweed and the salt engulfing my

Body in a new year embrace
that seeks to perversely evade

The presence of decay, and time,
and space,

And the necessity of the
second day

When the newness fades and
I return to my body’s place

In the world, where I want too
much, expect too much and

Grasp for so much in the
next 364 days of the year.

* * *

Happy New Year, I hope we swim gently through this year.

I leave you with words wiser than my own, from Monica Dickens’ Mariana:

When you were born, you were given a trust of individuality that you were bound to preserve. The things that happened in your life, however closely connected with other people, developed and strengthened that individuality. You become a person.

To become a person? Sounds like a plan.


laura // BOOKM▲▲RKS said...

lovely poem! happy new year hila!!

Sam | ashore said...

Hila, I've carried last year's This Year poem in my mind on many mornings when I get ready. Standing infront of my dresser: "rather than relentless mental list-making, a few seconds of smelling my perfume."

this one is so special and poignant for this day when I am "weightless, free to watch the sky"

Happy New Year!

Rambling Tart said...

So beautiful, Hila. "Swimming gently" - that is such wonderful imagery. I will hold onto that. Happy New Year!

Amelia said...

OH! Such a lovely poem Hila!

Yes, to become a person sounds like a very good plan!

Jane Flanagan said...

Happy New Year, Hila! I hope for wonderful things for you in 2013.

hungryandfrozen said...

Happy new year, Hila! I love the poem and I love the images with it. <3

Teresa said...

Happy new year Hila!
I hope we "swim gently" through this year too.

Mariella said...

Beautiful poem Hila and beautiful final words...to become a person definitely sounds like a plan, isn't it what life is all about after all? Happy 2013 to you too!

rachel said...

Happy New Year, Hila. I wish you all the best!

rooth said...

Happy 2013 to you Hila and may this year bring you health, happiness and all the joy in the world :)

Looking Glass said...

A beautiful poem & such a perfect quote. I too hope to swim gently through 2013. Happy New Year!

Clare x

Hila said...

Laura: You too lovely Laura!

Sam: That's so nice to hear, happy new year to you too.

Krista: Let's hope my words prove true!

Amelia: Yep, that's the plan ...

Jane: I hope for them for you too, Jane.

Laura: Thanks!

Teresa: Let's hope :)

Mariella: Thank you, and yes, that's what life's about.

Rachel: Thank you!

Rooth: Same to you :)

Clare: Thanks!

Debie Grace said...

May 2013 be full of happiness and things that make us the better version of ourselves. ;)

Hila said...

Debie Grace: Let's hope!