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Fragments of the fulgent sun
Are captured as golden grains
Cradled in the river bed
Of deep poetic refrains.
Concealed in that fertile womb
The seeds evolve and bide their time,
For a miner to dig deep enough
To give them breath, and form, and rhyme.
Yet still the water babbles on
As the rich deposits harden,
While traces of those gifts are borne
To nourish distant gardens.
Joanne Van Leerdam, 2017.
This poem was inspired by fellow poet, Lyra Shanti, whose fabulous book of poetry is titled ‘Sediments’.
Many people have responded so positively to the poems I’ve been posting on #International Women’s Day and during Women’s History Month that I’ve decided to put them in a collection with some of my other poems about women’s lives and experiences. I’ve just released it as an eBook titled ‘Stained Glass’.
‘Stained Glass’ is a collection of 22 poems for and
about women, by a woman who is striving to live,
love, work and make sense of the world she lives in.
‘Stained Glass’ is poetry that reflects the light and shade of life, and all the colours in between.
This poem was written in honour of every woman who has helped to blaze the trail for those who follow her. It is published here in honour of Women’s History Month, March 2017.
It is one of 22 poems included in ‘Stained Glass’, a collection of poems for and about women, celebrating the resilience and strength of women in a world that requires a great deal of both.
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