Sunday, 27 August 2017

The Moon of the Mountains

by Helen Bar-Lev

The moon of the mountains
is larger, brighter, swallowing the heavens,
closer too are the jackals
and nights are cool, even in summer

The sun seems closer also
and some days the distant ranges
are so defined and crisp
it is as though perspective
has been obliterated
and peaks not seen before
are sudden in their beauty

So that there is a feeling
of floating above it,
up up to the place where
the moon looks down
and directs its beams
to brighten the mountains

Then up further through the milky way
to disappear into it
to become one with it
a beacon for the traveler
who might prefer to observe the world
from this unusual perch
before returning to continue
the journey on planet earth

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© 9.2009 Helen Bar-Lev

Helen Bar-Lev was born in New York in 1942.  She holds a B.A. in Anthropology, has lived in Israel for 46 years and has had over 90 exhibitions of her landscape paintings, 34 of which were one-woman shows. Her poems and artwork have appeared in numerous online and print anthologies. Six poetry collections, all illustrated by Helen. She is the Amy Kitchener senior poet laureate. Helen was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2013 and is the recipient of the Homer European Medal for Poetry and Art. Helen is Assistant to the President of Voices Israel. She lives in Metulla, Israel.

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