‘ice is also great and would suffice’.
January 20, 2013
Just to record today January 20 2013. And also to take a breath of air, so across to the front and look east . . . .
. . and to the west.
And to look down at the turnstones rushing around on the beach – little dark smudges, poor things.
And herring and black headed gulls . . .
. . being spied on by a penguin! and a friend.
Trudge back along the alley and admire the Euphorbia mellifera doing the best it can opposite the front door. Go inside and read some poems in the warm.
Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice. Robert Frost Fire and Ice
January gives me a dark eye
and a light.
one patched like a pirate,
obliged to look in,
the other squinting out at the park
like a spring animal.
What my dark eye knows
Is the blind underbelly
of the turf.
the brown dog
in the dream that defies gravity.
and, in the premature dusk,
Concorde swooping down from a storm-cloud,
not silver for once
but tar-black, lucid
as a galleon in the hieratic spread
of its sails. Alison Fell 6 January Lightyear