Glimpsed in Passing

Glimpsed in Passing

Joy Mead


Wild Goose Publications

‘These poems come from the beauty of the glimpsed moment … a precious jewel held for a short time amid the pain and sorrow of the world, then let go into the bigger picture … The beauty is what we remember, what gives the moment its significance.

It’s the way it’s always been:
to reach the sea, to stand 
watching, waiting; to know
that nothing can be unravelled
to its core

but is like reflecting
where wild flowers 
gathered in a vase, framed
by a shore cottage window
make of themselves
a sea-wide subject: 
the beauty 
of things together.

A blackbird sings 
and the song echoes
in fragments of memory.

Joy Mead is a member of the Iona Community and the author of The One LoafMaking Peace in Practice and PoetryWhere are the Altars?Words and Wonderings and A Way of Knowing, all published by Wild Goose Publications. She has been involved in development education and justice and peace work and occasionally leads creative writing groups.

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