Thursday, 6 October 2011

A Poem for National Poetry Day 2011

For this year's National Poetry Day, I'm posting a poem about poetry - British Sign Language Poetry, to be exact. It's also about being a hearing, non-signing person in a Deaf environment.



Mute
                                                                  
for Jo G

The room is rapt, in silence,
unless the shepherding of air
makes a sound I cannot hear,
like the gasp of leaves in free-fall,
the shrill of flowers
as they are picked.

Words that filled my mouth
with their flavour
wither to husks,
stick in my throat. 
I am mute
in this place of poems,

plucked from nothing
and given form
with a clap like a dove
starting into flight,
while my hands hang,
dumb lumps of meat.

In time
I might trace
that shimmer of purple,
conjure voice from empty space,
sign the infinite shape  
the word poetry makes.


© Deborah Harvey 2011


My first poetry collection, Communion, is published by Indigo Dreams and now available to buy from their website, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, and good independent bookshops



A launch for Communion will be held on 4th November 2011 at the Halo Café Bar, 141 Gloucester Road, Bristol BS7 8BA, with singer-songwriter Reg Meuross, and guest poets Alana Farrell and John Terry.  Entrance is free.  All welcome!


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