• Alistair Smith

The Change

I stare into your layers

and you peel away mine

We penetrate the canopy

unfolding inflorescence


Torn leaves of a life

expand into constellation

The pattern of a person

Molecular identity


Scattered fragments

cluster into a conurbation

projecting and revealing

strata of straits and narrows


I stare into streets

Wander aimless

and your canals pour into mine

Our lives are compound


My eye meanders

through evolving depths

gravitates towards a centre

A door, a chamber, a treasure


My centre reaches out to hold

and I am entangled

A quantum phenomenon

across space and time


Inspired by Ralph Rumney's painting 'The Change' in The Tate Britain, Weston Gallery 1950.

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