Byron Beynon

Places

He defines places by their foundations,

their firmness, the strength of roots,

 

how morning sometimes comes

with a red wound in the tempered east,

 

the illusion of a new sunshine

arriving within the stillness of a winter’s room;

 

a day toasted by the wine of angels,

secret tears that meet

 

by the sea’s drained heart,

when all tides

 

escape from this life,

the flotsam sacrificed beneath sharpened steel.

 

 

Brother’s Water

An escalator of light

falling from the sky,

 

a compass that focusses

 

on a lake covered

 

with thin ice;

the potency of youth

 

the advertisement of risk

 

as two brothers skate

 

in a physical landscape.

The cracks that coldly grin

 

on a fear to survive,

the paralysis of blood,

 

the serious drop in temperature

ill-timed  on a winter’s day.

 

Byron Beynon lives in Swansea, Wales. His work has appeared in many publications including Agenda, London Magazine Chicago Poetry Review, Poetry Wales, The Warwick Review and The Wolf. Collections include Cuffs (Rack Press) and Human Shores (Lapwing Publications, Belfast). He has been co-editor of the poetry magazine Roundyhouse.