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Bright True Red: Image in Both Poetry and Mosaic

 

River of Life Cross by Margaret Almon
River of Life Cross by Margaret Almon. Glass, gold smalti, millefiori on slate, 6×8 inches.

Looking through my poems from another lifetime ago, I found Cherry Tree Sonnet, which would have slid easily into the 40 Below Anthology.  My poems often came to me in an image, and my mosaics spring from the same source.  H.D. and her Imagist poetry made wonderful sense to me.

Cherry Tree Sonnet

My mother made jam from Nanking cherries.

The tree was wedged in by the garage,

gasoline smell of this half-shelter which ferried

the car to rest and the warmth of wattage

coursing through the planked walls to run

the block heater, so the engine would start at 40 below.

My mother stood by the window, knowing the sun

through jam jars on our table could show

 

Jesus’ heart.  Mary bore him in the half-shelter of a stable—

I knew making Nanking jam was keeping

a tree that was rare, lone, delectable,

that these preserves woke a tongue that had been sleeping,

and took on its witness of bright true red,

first fruit growing out of my mouth, that birthing shed.

~ Margaret Almon

(reprinted courtesy of West Branch)

 

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4 comments

  1. Dawn Reynolds says:

    I really love this mosaic cross and your poetry. Our little Episcopal church is inspired to make something similar for our memorial garden. Keep up the good work and God bless you!

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