Angela Topping #quirkychristmas

The Poetry Shed

Pomegranate

For Jan Dean

Time, you thief, who love to get
sweets into your book
Leigh Hunt

Five pointed star, my pentacle,
how I would lift your jewels
from their case, one by one
on the pin’s point, before
I found a better way.

Now I bite into your leather
with greedy teeth, devouring
your ruby firmaments.
Time’s a thief and so am I,
seizing everything I can.

Time enough for picking out
your treasures one by one
when days begin to bleed
into each other like washed
watercolour sunsets.

Even Persephone could not resist
your glowing fairy-lights.
I garner your seeds for my journey,
on clean parchment draw
my magical five pointed star.

First published in Paper Patterns (Lapwing 2012)

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