Please Step Aside So I can Write About the Living by Anna Saunders

Please Step Aside So I can Write About the Living

You need to get the dead out of your poems
you told me but here I am writing of how
a month before you left this earth

we stood together in the gallery and I saw you reflected
in the fictive space of a painting

your form, gleaming white and translucent
as thin frost, or a sleek gauze

floating on the back glass as if airborne
a premature, amorphous haunting
your ghost getting here ahead of you.

You, see-through, overlay an oil sky
which takes up almost all the canvas

a deep hued emptiness which consumes the artist’s vision.

In that huge starless heaven
a white dwelling is as diminished
as a tooth in a cavernous mouth
a moth flying in space.

Your steps are so light
as you walk nearer to me.

How brave to paint so much darkness, you say.

Anna is a published poet, the author of Communion, (Wild Conversations Press), Struck (Pindrop Press), Kissing the She Bear (Wild Conversations Press), Burne Jones and The Fox (Indigo Dreams) and Ghosting for Beginners (Indigo Dreams) .

Anna is also the Executive Director of Cheltenham Poetry Festival and works as a creative writing tutor and mentor, a Communications Specialist, a journalist, broadcaster and a copywriter/editor. Her website: https://annasaunderswriter.co.uk/

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