Poem of the North

Fifty years of the Northern Poetry Library

From Canto 2

Viewpoint on the River Dee

in memory of Michael J Bennett

I come when the edge of darkness returns you to me.
The water is swollen above the weir before it breaks
into a gush of white foam. The heron stands poised
fixing the moment. I remember your hands, the tension
in your forearms forcing them steady as you held them up
in a square for the view you never came back to paint.
I look into your scene, the arc of the bridge, lamposts,
the curved row of houses lining the hill, winter trees

all reveal themselves to me now as a complex web
of thin black lines like an X-ray held to the light,

the challenge of perspective that ruled your life.

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