Suddenly there is light all around
and the silences
of morning

a small town
distant cattle
work-bound traffic on the road outside
voices, muted and curious
laughter, footsteps

Such an ordinary light
                            skimming a cup
                            nudging the rim of a bowl
                            gilding one wooden arm
                                           of an old chair
                            dust spangling in sunshine

The smell of grass, baled hay
and wood smoke
bread fresh from a nearby oven
and blood
and new milk

And the brightness
the dizzying, commonplace brilliance of

                            oh!   falling in love:
                            the universe contracts
                            into a blessed trinity

of elbow, breast and fontanel


© Bronwyn Angela White (2004)—Wellington, New Zealand

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