Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Poem of the Day: “Gathering Glass” by Lauren McBride

Songs of Eretz Poetry Review is pleased to present “Gathering Glass” by Lauren McBride.  Mrs. McBride finds inspiration in faith, nature, molecular biology (she is a former researcher) and membership in the Science Fiction Poetry Association (SFPA). Twice nominated for the 2014 SFPA Dwarf Stars Award, her work has appeared in various speculative, nature, and children's publications including: Songs of Eretz Poetry E-zine, Dreams and Nightmares, Tales of the Talisman, and The Magazine of Speculative Poetry. She shares a love of laughter, science and the ocean with her husband and two children.

Gathering Glass
Lauren McBride
Nestled among round pebbles -
sea-washed scraps of glass
surf-smoothed and frosted,
their former shine and purpose                         
lost and forgotten.                       
Green, white and brown
stashed in pockets around
colors more rare: turquoise,
pink, two cobalt, one purple;
still seeking red. Pieces plain                              
and unremarkable, but then,
half buried, a bottle bottom.
And just once, a sand-filled vial,
the stopper missing.
These my favorite finds - 
fragments ridged or imprinted,
worn letters and numbers
a clue to their origin.
If pieced back together,
what stories could they tell?

Poet’s Notes:  In "Gathering Glass", I share my love of collecting beach glass. I always end up with pockets full of plain pieces, mostly white, but far more interesting are the rare colors and those with some clue as to their origin. I often wonder how the fragments end up where I find them.

Editor’s Note:  This one has a nice Imagist feel to it ala William Carlos Williams.  I especially like the question at the end.

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