Saturday, August 3, 2013

Ian C. Smith- A Poem

Some kind of redemption

He had all the world’s dreams inside him
but drained too many bottles, realised,
tried to atone by opening his heart.
Recycling was the best he could do.

Then he read about a beachcomber
finding a message in dumped seaweed
so he advised his neglected kids
to write in faith, employ those empties,
drop them in the sea, imagining
their wild journeys, riding the dark swell,
buoyant survivors against the odds.

These words reached a remote shore, linking
people like those who shared a first kiss,
reducing oceans, releasing dreams.

Ian C Smith’s work has appeared in Axon:Creative Explorations,The Best Australian Poetry, London Grip, Poetry Salzburg Review, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, The Weekend Australian,& Westerly  His latest book is Here Where I Work,Ginninderra Press (Adelaide).  He lives in the Gippsland Lakes area of Victoria, Australia.

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