scattered across the lush green
like two galaxies:
humble, ephemeral and
full of the glory of God.
Those snow-white patches,
patterns on the lawn, the mulch:
as if cut out from the world
of colours and of motion.
Christina Egan © 2012
These poems describe the world as an ensemble of patterns. They also try to make sense of the world, and perhaps the act of discovering order also unveils meaning…
Something tiny resembles something gigantic, the whole of the known world, in fact. Something white appears as a hole or an island in the colourful picture: like a shadow of death or a gate to eternity.
The line ‘full of the glory of God’ was inspired by the verse ‘The world is charged with the grandeur of God‘ by Gerald Manley Hopkins.
You can truly ‘see a world in a grain of sand / and a heaven in a wild flower’, as William Blake claimed!
Photographs: Water-lilies. Liu Ye (Ye Liu) © 2016. — Queen of the night. Christina Egan © 2014.