Sandra, in 63 years, I don’t think I have ever read a poem more slowly than I read this one (also in the numerous re-reads) . I clung to each image/concept/pondering, not wanting to let go, in spite of knowing that there would be more, but needing to let each one, in turn, seep into my soul and my bones and my bloodstream. And, ohhhhh, that title!
It was like the luxurious exuberance of walking through an indigenous forest, wanting to enjoy every bit of every tree, rock, flower, animal and insect, to feed me spiritually, aesthetically, sensually and scientifically – and feeling that it is all too much and that I need a thousand years in each spot to enjoy it all properly.
I don’t know how to thank Alison Cassidy for introducing me to this treasure chest (a clichéd and most inadequate metaphor) of your poetry, Sandra, which I shall dip into slowly and with deep pleasure, uncovering each jewel, turning it over in my hands, and breathing in its excellence, one at a time.
So much in this to set the imagination astir Sandra. I see a beautiful but sad love poem, written after leaving a friend and having to board a train on the window of which the name was written in the cold frosty breathy air..... Oh I must not go on, as it is probably wrong. Thank you again for sharing such talent.
Wow. You know.. this line that I have to say is getting worn out... but, I don't have any words that helps me express at this moments. You're quite[sp] amazing! I have enjoyed a long deep breath, upon reading this poem. Alright, I have to stop, I'm honestly running out of superlatives, now.: p Thanks for sharing, Sandra :)
A finely etched slice of life that lingers in the reader's memory. Love your use of the word friend. There is something transcendental about the simplicity of this piece. Beautiful, beautiful poem. love, Alison xxxxx
Sandra, in this work you have created what i can only describe as ''Poetic Aura''.
Simple specifics that collectively unfold into extraordinary detail, as each line explores time, heart & memories encapsuled.Sterling structural work compliments this already splendid piece of strong expression.