Beyond (2013)
Edwina Bridgeman


Rusted manhole  cover

Some quality of redemption here  –
something saved
from a mapped future of decay
graceless as warfields, brown fields,
lands of toxins, spoiled for life.

Rust gives way to blackness
replete with stars
that shine in animal curiosity
looking in at us.

So loss gives way, spaces emerge
shaped beyond imagining.
We cannot prophesy
the radiance of far-time light.

Rose Flint