Today is a momentous day for me. Today is the first time as a member of the Write Out Loud Poetry Group Stockport, that I feel accomplished. Not through being published, not through any quality of poem produced but… to be able to pull out of my bag a poem previously written and read, re-edited and rejuvenated. You may think this unremarkable, but allow me to explain. In the last two years of joining the group, I have been running to keep up. Each meeting a theme is set and we have a month to write a poem ready to read at the next meeting. I have always been envious of those poets who can say, “I may have read this before, it’s one a wrote a while back.” This month, with the publication of my new children’s Picture Book “The Fixer Man” (shameless plug – I’m sorry!) I haven’t had the hours needed to write a poem for the group…but I do have “one I have read before, one I wrote a while back” and there you have it… I have now reached the point where I have my own back catalogue of poems, which I can delve into and pull out when called upon. I feel I’ve earned my stripes, done my time, passed my test, graduated into poetry. Today is a good day.
The Sycamore Prince Returns
Each year impatient for his return
marking time until the majestic moment arrives.
In a shaft of pure light, when reverent air lies still
on a soft whisper he comes.
The Autumnal Prince towers
above ethereal mists caught
between earth and sky.
His slender ebony limbs outstretched beneath
the canopy of his golden crown.
A silvery sun showers him in sparks
igniting flaming hues.
Baptised in fire a volcanic blaze erupts
burning with vibrant life,
copper passions and saffron embers smoulder.
But one who burns so bright cannot stay,
his reign fleeting.
Cool light fades. Cruel chill winds blow
loosening the desperate grip of his fragile hands.
I mourn each yellow fingered leaf
as it falls and returns to its roots.
His glory too quickly lost.
Cast into wintry shadows,
our dreams left to sleep for a season.