“Astonishment is the proper response to reality.”
~ Terence McKenna ~
This week, two astonishing yet unrelated news items filled me with wonder. The first was about the discovery of a series of “high-speed bursts of radio waves coming from deep space”. The second was the story of the discovery of lapis lazuli in the teeth of a medieval nun. Somehow these amazing stories converged into this draft of a poem.
Hardly a trace
of her bustling world remains.
But there, cradled within her teeth,
flecks of brilliant ultramarine
like a signal, bursting,
hurdling across space,
until its pulse
a forgotten voice
“I was an artist.”
© Catherine Flynn, 2019
In case you missed it, last week I suggested a Poetry Friday celebration of women when I host the Roundup on March 8th, which is International Women’s Day. You can find all the details here. Please be sure to visit Kathryn Apel for the Poetry Friday Roundup!