For you, an origin – a beginning?

No; more than that. Not just a plain ‘kick off’;

A softer discovery of new life,

Or an opening of a new universe.

From here though, it prompted reminiscence.

A rediscovery of the lilies

Intoxicating in their abstraction.


For you, the leaves shone under grasses

Bowing down in maternal reverence;

Sheltered by the soft curves in still embrace.

From here, the motionless blue held the scene

In the infinite space, timeless, away

From the destructive boot print of events,

Beauty’s companionable stillness.


This is the first of a series of poems that were inspired by a book, “Scenes Through Different Eyes”. This was a collaboration between Phil McMenemy, a photographer whose images he has allowed me to post here and Julie Dumbarton, an artist whose work can be seen on her website (www.juliedumbarton.com). They each brought their own skills and vision to the same landscape to create a beautiful book. Phil’s work can be explored on his Facebook page (www.facebook.com/GalleryAtLaurieston/)  or on his website (https://philmcmenemy.smugmug.com/). Having bought the book, I didn’t want it to sit ignored on a coffee table and so I wrote a sequence of poems that forced me to look and think about the photographs and paintings. They will be posted here over the next few weeks.


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