AWAW 2017 Spotlight—Miguel Jacq
2nd November 2017
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flowers of distant season
by Miguel Jacq
Nillumbik Ekphrasis Poetry Award 2016 (‘Open’ Category)
did you reflect on the possibility
that your glass could still
bloom, gift organic beauty to grime,
stack your chances on the mosses
that conspire to dress you?
these layers were sand once, no
use denying it: your hue still
hints ocean, but is opaque about
soft clarity of youth—fluids that
moved you before winter overlapped,
etched a memory on stiffening skin
some flower of distant season.
This poem is an ekphrastic response to the artwork ‘I found you in the garden. Someone left you there’ by Hannah Bertram.