The act of creation

The act of creation

What is poetry
           other than words for effect
for special effect
           under the mortal sun
words to deter
           its ageing action
verbal markers against
           the depredations of time

The beauty of a poem
           can fly across the ages
undimmed : poetry
           beyond season and reason

An old lady sits on a bench
           in Potters Fields
feeding crumbs
           to the pigeons
that gather at her feet
           upon her shoulder
from a certain angle
           a cloud appears to rest
evening will soon shroud the Tower
           and she will return
to her solitude
           unalone : art breeds art
as it ever has done
           since the caves of Altamira
and no storm can ever deflect
           the act of creation

John Lyons



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