I have been trying to up my poetry reading this year and this month brings me to the poetry of Michael Longley – a very prolific poet and I am fortunate that my library has a collection of his works. It has been fascinating to read bits and pieces of his work each morning as part of my morning meditations. Longley’s works provide the loveliest way to start the day and I thought I’d share one of the poems I read this week with you.
by Michael Longley
When you woke me up and showed me through the window
Curtains of silk, luminous smoke, ghost fires,
A convergence of rays above the Black Mountain,
The northern lights became our own magnetic field –
Your hand on my shoulder, your tobacco-y breath
And the solar wind that ruffled your thinning hair.
Happy Tuesday everyone!
Thank you for introducing me to a wonderful new-to-me poet! I had to do a quick search for some of his other poems, and I love “Snow Water” and “Cloudberries”. I’ll be looking for some of his volumes next time I’m at the library.
Poetry is always a great way to start the day!
Lovely! Thank you for sharing!
Great poem and photo combination!
love the poem and the photo, perfection!
Lovely: Both the poem and the photo! I recall the NOrthern Lighst from childhood – we lived in Muskegon MI…back in those days, we dinna have all the air pollution, etc…
I love poetry. Krista Tippett of “On Being” recently hosted a poetry gathering. Snippets of two poets (David Whyte and Naomi Shihab Nye (one of my favorites) reading their work and another longer conversation are good listening.
Perfect combination of words and image … is that your photo? Seeing the Northern Lights is on my bucket list!
While, I have seen the Northern Lights in my life, this photo is from Pexels! (which is a wonderful resource)