Judith Wright

(1915 - 2000 / New South Wales / Australia)

Five Senses - Poem by Judith Wright

Now my five senses
gather into a meaning
all acts, all presences;
and as a lily gathers
the elements together,
in me this dark and shining,
that stillness and that moving,
these shapes that spring from nothing,
become a rhythm that dances,
a pure design.

While I'm in my five senses
they send me spinning
all sounds and silences,
all shape and colour
as thread for that weaver,
whose web within me growing
follows beyond my knowing
some pattern sprung from nothing-
a rhythm that dances
and is not mine.

Comments about Five Senses by Judith Wright

  • Edward Kofi Louis (7/6/2017 2:25:00 PM)

    Sounds and silences! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (7/6/2017 1:53:00 PM)

    Beautiful poem on senses. Thanks for sharing and congratulation for poem of the day. (Report) Reply

  • Seamus O' Brian (7/6/2017 10:40:00 AM)

    Personally I am not a fan of over-abstraction in poetry, so I don't take as much from this piece as others might, although I did enjoy the metaphor of the web-like weaving of sensory impressions. (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (7/6/2017 12:30:00 AM)

    This writing on the five senses lacks the coherence of a good poem. It takes the senses away from the person and throws them to the wind. This is seen in the last stanza. This subject gives a poetess the opportunity to explore, and to glorify. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (7/6/2017 12:06:00 AM)

    These shapes that spring..... Thanks for posting.... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, March 27, 2010

Poem Edited: Friday, August 7, 2015

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