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ARIANA DISCOVERS - Mike Jenkins (U.K.)

 


ARIANA  DISCOVERS

 

-         Mike Jenkins (U.K.)

 

Name all the way from ancient Persia,

yet I prefer to think of silver,

not the money but the colour.

 

Silvery glint in eyes and smile.

Your slow-coming teeth troubling

even as mine are disintegrating.

 

I stoop to your world

of the carpet’s plain

and knees ache, stiffen.

 

But you can grip my hands

like a climber’s rope

as you balance upright.

 

I challenge you to face

the chair’s sheer cliff,

your steady, straining noise

 

like a small bird repeating

its call, not because it’s lost

but wings not yet formed.

 

There are no coins to gather,

just shaking shapes and sounds ;

a mirror’s shine, yourself another.

 

Note: In Welsh ‘arian’ can mean money and silver.

 

 

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