Midday azure fades to dusk,
alpenglow calms the Cascades,
paints the clouds iridescent rose,
shadows deepen an icy crevasse.
The sun descends in eternal orbit
beyond Georgia Strait and Vancouver Isle,
its flames hold back the night,
twilight dims my view.
Candescence fuels my heart
with Promethean fire. A breeze
ripples the sea, laps the shore,
calls me to evening prayer.
I drafted “Candescence” in 1997 after spending an evening in Birch Bay, Washington, as the sun set over Vancouver Island, BC, and reflected off the glaciers on the west side of Mt. Baker.
Whatcom Writes!, Bellingham, WA: SunPorch Productions, Summer/Fall 1997.
Selected Poems: Alaska & Northwest, Haines, AK: Yeldagalga Publications LLC, 2013.
Yesterday, I received the following comment to the 3/5/2012 post of “The World Will Be,” a poem I had spend the previous year-and-one-half constructing. The comment and, once again, the poem brought eats to my eyes.
Dear Mr. Harris,
I am the daughter of Henia Karmel and the niece of Ilona Karmel, and I write to thank you for poem, “The World Will Be,” which my brother discovered on line and forwarded to me on the eve of Passover this year. I read it aloud at our Passover feast and we all marveled at the ripple effects of my grandmother’s words, and at the beautiful way you evoked them.
I often read from the sisters’ poems at Holocaust remembrance services at my synagogue. I would like, with your permission, to read your poem as well.
Last winter, I submitted the poem to the World Peace Poets of Bellingham, not expecting a positive reception. To my surprise, it was not only accepted, it was included in Peace Poems, A collection of poems by border poets from Canada and the United States, and I was invited to read it during the Awards for Peace Ceremony and Reading. (I am the person in the far right of the back row.)
I encourage you to read the preface and the poem in the March 5, 2012 post, and to comment as you feel is appropriate. RLH
What poems inspire me? As I research ideas, I read poems that appear to support the direction my ideas are taking. This helps me decide whether they are credible and, if they are, assists me in shaping them.