Tuesday poem: Glassy eyed

March 21, 2016

Glassy eyed

She wraps herself in air, mere
scent and breeze and rumour,
and perches on the nearest branch
to hear the evening’s chat.
Invisible, except when the youngest child,
not quite doomed to prose,
holds a kaleidoscope to open window,
bored with the inexplicable gush
that parents call a conversation —
a strange animal dressed in beige
that sometimes flares to angry orange.
And amongst the leaves of glassy,
clipped punctuation, caught in a cylinder
of found poetry, the girl sees a pellucid
curve, bending towards the house,
and knows it to be outside the scope
of parental chat or cunning toy.
A shimmering crescent perched
between the eucalyptus leaves,
the eager figure bends towards the hum,
a stingless bee, muted hint of dragonfly.
Shaking her toy and her mousy hair,
the girl turns away, back to the easy
world of solids, and lumpy certainty.
Outside, a quiet sigh augments the wind,
and gossamer wings unfurl to flight.

P.S. Cottier


You can’t have too many fairy poems, in my opinion.  Well you probably can, but I quite like this; and it’s nice not to always be writing angry poems about politics or climate change or mass extinctions.

Are fairies an endangered species?   Discuss in two thousand words or fewer.

4 Responses to “Tuesday poem: Glassy eyed”

  1. Michele Seminara said

    Wow, Penelope, this is beautiful!

  2. pscottier said

    Thank you Michele. I like to write something about imaginaries from time to time, as you may have noticed…

  3. I had to read this poem again to really appreciate it. It is very clever. I love the metaphor of the kaleidoscope. Please keep writing poems like this.
    PS pellucid is one of my favourite words.

  4. pscottier said

    Thank you, Helen. A little bit of ‘pellucid’ is good, but it’s a word to be used with caution, I think. Nothing worse than too much clarity!

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