Dark & Light: Flesh & Blood

I view the sun

Through outstretched fingers

Of my child’s hand

And my child’s eyes

Are filled with wonder

What seemed so hard-edged –

So sharply defined

Is no thing of the sort

I see dark

I see light

I see red

In blurry transition

From each into other

When I cut myself

The redness flows

From inside to outside

From dark into light

Through my severed skin

Which holds me within

Its tender envelope –

My life’s fluid

Container and sustainer

When I sun myself

I feel the warmth

Coming inside from outside

From light into dark

Where I reside

Through my permissive skin

Which welcomes in

What sustains and comforts

My life within

I behold a leaf

With leaflets splayed

For taking in

The sun’s red light

Through its breathing skin

Which holds within

Its living story –

Green with craving-

Spread through veins

From root to branch

And back again

And my adult’s heart leaps

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‘Stitches in Time’ (Oil painting on board by Alan Rayner, 2020)

Stitching in Time

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