Through a Glass Lightly: Cento for Beginners

1 December 2014

The nasturtium is to itself already
a memory. It opens its leaves
its fire
ribbed impression in the grass
that forms like shadow.
I see it plain
as a living fretwork
in the distortion of sound,
press a leaf to a winter dream
of your hand
translated, given.
Our love calls and we lie
in the future of cells dividing,
a water drop
clean in its own shape.
A nasturtium between itself
and us, showing the light.
Time to be born.


‘Through a Glass Lightly: Cento for Beginners’ from the collection First Light by Kate Fagan, published
by Giramondo Publishing Company (Sydney). Used with the permission of the publisher.

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