Evergreen ivory type

cuts the fibres

of the damped flax paper


                         and light strikes



The letters of the word

are struck by how light

light is


                         as it strikes

each one at different angles






Dinah Hawken


I have chosen this poem for Paula because of her love of language and her commitment to writing and to writers. So many of us, of all ages, are so grateful for her generosity


One comment on “Leaf

  1. I have loved Dinah’s poems for a long time, from way back when I wrote about Small Stories of Devotion at university. I love the way her poetry never lets go of soil and sky, leaves resonant space for eye and ear. In this poem I love that glorious connection between word and light. This poem is uplifiting. Thank you.


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