By Benedict St Quentin Fitzpatrick
Turning I saw you
shadows move the grasses
sift the debris slowly
around your feet
the red earth
crossed with signs of night
tracks that soften
I first knew him as a writer of beautiful haiku and tanka. As you see, he also writes longer poems. Many focus on the Australian landscape and his close relationship with it since childhood. I love them for this reason, and also because they are poems of understatement and deceptively simple language.
I also love the mystery in the poem I've chosen: its quiet acceptance of the ineffable.
If you're on facebook, you'll find this and other poems in his Notes there. Also he has started a poetry blog on Wordpress.
Another of Ben's passions is archery. He lists his religion as Buddhist. I always think there is a Samurai-like quality in the clarity of his poetry.
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This is a beautiful poem!ReplyDelete
nice poe. very sensual. :)ReplyDelete
Gentle and sweet and simultaneously sensuous. Nice share, Rosemary.ReplyDelete
Very thoughtful writing here, Rosemary. I like the seeming simplicity of his style.ReplyDelete
I really really like his understated style :-)ReplyDelete
first time im reading him and loved the sweet simplicity..ReplyDelete
Bravo Ben. That's a beauty.ReplyDelete
What a wonderful offering this is. So beautiful and direct. Thanks, Rosemary - you bring us poets we might otherwise not come across and that would be our loss. Love this poet!!!! Glad he has started a blog. Maybe we can encourage him to visit Poets United?ReplyDelete
Love this poem :) Very moving and atmosphericReplyDelete
So glad you all enjoyed this beautiful poem!ReplyDelete
I would like to thank you all for your comments and support.Delete
xxx to Rosemary