Category: Poetry

Blake’s Riddle by William Christofides (Lucent Dreaming Issue 8)

The Flaming Poet Far AboveSaw the World in Bonds of Love,Yet when He Fell to Realms BelowHe Saw the Same in Chains of Woe. Through Emerald Courts and Lakes of FireThis Poet pluckt His Sacred Lyre,Yet through it All He could not SeeIf Man was Bound or Man was Free. William Christofides is an historian based in Cardiff, currently researching

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Watch For Me by E. A. Colquitt (Lucent Dreaming Issue 8)

I stand on shingle when you leave the world.As if they always knew I would be here,The ships appear, with colours all unfurled,And rest on sea that ripples, calm and clear,So far above bones smothered in the ooze.I watch you silently when you embark.Despite my wish, you can no longer choose;The ships tack west too soon, to distant dark –An

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cold heights by John Gallas (Lucent Dreaming Issue 8)

I’m the first thing heresince it snowed.Superstitious of perfection,I walk in the dunes and watchthe white beach unrollbeside me. I go up Glas Hillchewing a marram-stalk.Clouds push over the sky,where the moon, the sun andthe stars still gather. Way below, two lifeboats leave the harbourburbling side by side.Far out, against the world’spale wallpaper,I watch them part. The samphire-flatswhisper with ice.In

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self hug by Elinor Clark (Lucent Dreaming Issue 8)

that feelingwhen you knot both endsof your jumper sleeves together& become onewith the knitted woolconsumed in a laniferous hug Elinor is a copywriter by day, poet and avid reader by night. She was an Erbacce Prize 2020 winner and shortlisted for the Jane Martin Poetry Prize 2020. Her words have been published or are forthcoming in journals including The London

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After your attempts to hug them failed by Olivia Walwyn (Lucent Dreaming Issue 8)

you bowed your head, extended outyour arms back of your shoulders and spedacross the lawn, your lips pulledsmooth over your teeth: oooh, oooh(‘Look, I’m just like you!’) Unconvinced,the pigeons trot in front, fanin circles all about. Your father and Ithough, are immediately won round;bend our heads obedient and join in,love-birding round the park and houseexactly as you’d want – our

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Mutability by Rana Shabibi (Lucent Dreaming Issue 8)

As the pearl tuft in the sky gives way,To the cancerous mass of black and grey,The sky eclipsed by the abrupt invasion,The sun struggling to fight the occupation,Of the infinitely dense creeping shroud,Suffocating the benign little cloud,As its fragile cotton breaks apart,The change from day to night does start. But night to day must too give way,With new clouds against

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Loneliness Explained by Jenny Blackford (Lucent Dreaming Issue 8)

Perhaps a clump of hair and teethgrinning ghastly wordless at the worldinside of me, inside of you,is all that’s left of some poor vanished twin,a monstrous fossil of comfortable shared timewithin the womb.Each and any of us could have been a twin,our singular loneliness explainedby half our flesh and bonegone missing, lost to us,off alone somewherein space and time. Like

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Solo by Nina S. Poldof (Lucent Dreaming Issue 8)

Being alone became comfortable,like that warm yet predictable just out of the dryerpair of jeans. It birthed itself inside ofmy biological mother’s uterus,where waves pressed isolation, tossed depressionin need of her touch on soft baby folds–I longed to know her smell. I discovered the connection to Grandma’s Baldwinpiano keys, how smooth indented spots cooledrough edges with sounds as they glidedon

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Encounter by E. Samples (Lucent Dreaming Issue 7)

I speak to the jeweled creature carefully Not knowing if my height, volume, alien skin is frightening Its exterior, an emerald case of ocean and wind design A puzzling mix of purpose and randomnessAs if within the pronouncements of infinite indecipherable shapes and symbolslies a holy skeleton key Its glow, an act of sympathetic magic;Captured sunlight refractedMy eye’s net pierces dimensions,

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