'Moon-struck. Lit up by her generosity'
by Kate Genevieve
Perhaps we are riding the moon’s path
Along the sea edge
Where things are less clear
And more alive?
My heart as full as the sea
Follows the shore line with certainty.
For here is a path drawn by desire.
A route touched by your darkness,
Lit up by her generosity,
Touched by the light of strangers
Together with the old smile of wrinkled mountains
And all the living beings multiplying.
Something special grows in the emptiness -
Not innocence returned -
On which so many doors fall open.
The ocean ever rushes in to fill space revealed
With unforced irrepressible energy.
We can no more control a life's story
Than we can command the animals
Or hold back the tides
Or ordain the fated meetings of the world.
The door only opens at the right time.
Instead, receive the gifts of sea-change:
Take the moon-lit path along the shore
And meet what's fresh returning.
At one with Earth's desires
Awake to everything that's growing.
The mountain smiles.
It is more than time alone
Heals shattered pieces:
It is the gift of other beings.
For suffering dissolves
into the fullness of night,
With the memory that the dark bright night
Shines with love.
May all have eyes to see, ears to hear,
This night -
As full as the sea -
Beyond sense and naming.
by Kate Genevieve
Poem as Friend to Prasanna
In this episode, Prasanna talks about the poem that has been a friend to him – 'Seachange' by Kate Genevieve.
Find out more about Kate and her work here:
Prasanna visited The Poetry Exchange in London. He is in conversation with The Poetry Exchange team members, Michael Shaeffer and Fiona Bennett.
Michael reads the gift reading of 'Seachange'.
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