‘This Moment Now’, ‘Arrival in Luhanka’, and ‘Departure’ by Katherine Zeserson

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This moment now

sky and rain, rain and sky
darkness under the hawthorn trees
a rabbit waits

darkness under the hawthorn trees
wind and stones, stones and wind
a crow, hiding

wind and stones, stones and wind
the sound of the sea a way away
spider motionless

the sound of the sea a way away
sky and rain, rain and sky
rabbit, crow, spider

a strip of light at the edge of the earth
the wind roughing up the leaves
lifting and falling, falling and lifting

the wind roughing up the leaves
the rain thinning
the light spreading
rabbit on the grass, eating
crow in the tree, watching
spider motionless

Arrival in Luhanka

I am no Finnish poet to know this snow,
but I have northern bones.
There is darkness in my marrow.

My blood thickens, slows down, as shadows stretch
between light and the night. I am a woman of wire,
hanging, pressed against yellow sky;
fire streaked, lavender, tremulous,
bright as breath, then paling to silence,
I raise my hand to the sun.

Ice wraps the rowan tight.
Red berry stars burst out in the molten dusk.
I lie my cheek upon the white wave of earth and drown in the dark.

Departure

Dawn is stealthy.

Look away, look back, she has not come,
then a swelling in the east, pressure,
night leaning on frail birch,
a quiver of silver, again black.

Look away, look back, she has not come,
then a deepening of darkness,
a bird, detaching from a branch,
releases a shiver of ice.

Look away, look back, she may have come,
a tree has formed, a rock, a roof.
Dawn has crept in, coral sky,
stain upon the snow,
my cheek knows the glass,
we are small and we are gone.

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