Suddenly there is light all around…

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


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