POETRY: Excerpt from ‘The Weight of Snow’ (Black Swift Press, 2014)

CLIMBING NORTH MOUNTAIN IN SPRING


Sonata of the mockingbirds
from the high limbs of the poplar,
the curtains shift;
petals are loosened
from the tangle of bougainvillea vine,
are pulled to the earth
in a brilliant snow of tangerine and magenta.

I go north,
the noise too unsettling,
climb small Sugarloaf Mountain to
wander through redwoods,
the east valley hidden in mist.

For now, only the quiet words
of the wind, hum of cicadas;
thoughts of you like mountain streams,
unending.

c. B.L.Bruce, The Weight of Snow, 2014

 

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13 thoughts on “POETRY: Excerpt from ‘The Weight of Snow’ (Black Swift Press, 2014)

  1. After reading this excerpt no wonder it got an honorable mention in the San Francisco book festival. This was great. I had to take look some words up in the dictionary even to understand a little, just magical what words can do.

  2. Thank you for following my blog – I am looking forward to seeing the updates from yours. Congrats on the honorable mention for your new collection of poetry! Much deserved. Beautiful excerpt.

  3. Very evocative lines. Could almost feel the softness of the bougainvilla blooms on my feet as they came scattering down . And the charm of walking in the mountains..nothing comes close to that 🙂
    Thanks for following my blog. Nowadays I don’t get much time to be here as I have a little grandson to look after:-) But I’ll keep in touch. for sure.

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