Spectrum

by Gwyneth Lewis

Look to the dark, it's full of company,
though dust obscure the birth of a star.
Waiting creates a wider way to see.

Galaxies breathe out their chemistry
in cosmic rays, which our bodies bear.
Look to the dark, it's full of company.

We're shipwrecked in a radio sea,
swept by the beams of lighthouse pulsars.
Waiting created a wider way to see.

The heart obeys its own gravity,
but the eye's drawn out by light from afar.
Look to the dark, it's full of company.

The music of what's killing me
comes, shifted, re-tuned by Doppler.
Waiting creates a wider way to see.

Help me to live this blind energy
until the moment my own death flares.
Look to the dark, it's full of company.
Waiting creates a wider way to see.
 

 

Gwyneth Lewis was the inaugural National Poet of Wales from 2005-06. She has published eight books of poetry in Welsh and English, with a ninth forthcoming. Her 2011 collection, Sparrow Tree, won the Roland Mathias Poetry Award. This poem was originally published in the Winter 2006 issue of the Bulletin.

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