April Poetry Month (Day 10): Patricia Williams #npm17 #wppoets

Patricia WilliamsPatricia Williams taught Cultural Design at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point for 27 years. Her poetry has been published in online and print journals and anthologies: Fox Cry, Liquid Imagination, Midwest Review, Poetry Quarterly, Stoneboat, Third Wednesday, Negative Capability Anthology of Georgia Poetry, and others. The following poems are included in her chapbook, The Port Side of Shadows: Poems of Travel – Inner, Outer and Uncharted Places, released 2017 from Finishing Line Press. She is a member of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets and lives in rural central Wisconsin with her husband.

 

 

 

Lorca’s Duende  

An eerie and baffling sadness
…………..― a sadness that dwells in the spirit,
………………………a hold that grips the throat,
…………..emptiness that follows tears,
leaves lifeblood frozen.

………………………The soul’s suffering
…………..― its acute awareness of death ―
in a heightened state of emotion,
…………..in a heightened state of expression,
………………………holds both agony and splendor.

All that has dark sound
…………..echoes through shadowed alleys,
………………………accepts limitations of reason ─
…………..a sorrow that brings raw pain
rouses throbbing anguish.

………………………Some will know its soulfulness,
…………..only when they are old, as I am ―
the twisting knife of reality,
………………………the frayed sound of nightfall.

**First published in Silver Blade, May 2015

 

Wayfarers  

Three dozen doves rise in unison,
…………..a gray-feathered canopy
…………..winging toward a struggling sun,
………………………as red dusk saturates the sky.
Flightless, we wander
…………..adrift in an earth-bound limbo,
………………………searching for direction
…………..– nomads roaming boulevards –
the act of travelling
…………..more important
………………………than the destination.

 

Lyon Gastronomique      

“How do you govern a country that has
two-hundred and forty-six varieties of cheese?”
                                 – Charles de Gaulle

I remember my days in Lyon –
classical ruins on the sheer hillside,
Renaissance routes from street to street,
kaleidoscope colors of the ancient silk trade,
………………….– and most of all –
farmer’s markets filled with splendor.

Premium beef, poultry of Bresse,
twenty-two species of potato,
deep-lake fish from the French Alps district,
wine from vineyards terraced in Roman times,
………………….– and cheese, beautiful cheese –
in shades from cream to amber.

Camembert and brie, munster and chѐvre,
blue-veined cheeses of the central region,
cheese produced by one lone farmer
from a single herd of cows
………………….– all with names –  
that roam freely in the mountains.

**First published in Mused, May 2016

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