Glimpsed in Passing (Bk)


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Joy Mead


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.



92 pages

ISBN 9781849523103