Saturday, February 02, 2008

Third Annual St. Brigid's Silent Poetry Reading

Arctic Rhododendrons

They are small purple surprises
in the river's white racket
and after you've seen them
a number of times
in water-places
where their silence seems
related to water-thunder
you think of them as 'noisy flowers'
Years ago
it may have been
that lovers came this way
stopped in the outdoor hotel
to watch the water floorshow
and lying prone together
where the purged green
boils to a white heart
and the shore trembles
like a stone song
with bodies touching
flowers were their conversation
and love the sound of a colour
that lasts two weeks in August
and then dies
except for the three or four
I pressed in a letter
and sent whispering to you

- Al Purdy (taken from 15 Canadian Poets X 2)

Want to participate in the silent poetry reading? Please check out the details here.

3 comments:

deborah oak said...

Thank you. Beautiful and new to me. Thank you.

Liz said...

So very nice! Thank you!

Jessie said...

That's really beautiful.