It’s Open Link night at Dverse Poets and a chance to share some of our own poetry. I have been trying to develop my skills at sonnets and odes ever since attending a poetry workshop run by the poet Daljit Nagra at Keat’s House, London.
On our way back from our adventures in the Azores I thought I should write my own sonnet sequence to a country I love. Portugal! I have three under way but the sonnet form does require steady concentration and still needs to capture my true intentions. We watched some children playing with a dog when they should be at school and saw another side to an island paradise of poverty in a fishing town. We also discovered how much of the original forest has been lost and the threats to nature there. San/ Sao Miguel in the Azores is a microcosm reflecting our macrocosm of Planet Earth. Inside the core is violent heat ready to burst out through volcanic eruptions.
Islands like San/Sao Miguel have been formed by volcanoes and over millennia slowly bloomed into vibrant life.
To Sao Miguel
O mild isle wherein hides hidden heat
From deep within your cratered core
Volcanic lava could spit more
But Furness folk stew pots for us to eat
For tourists need to taste a special treat
Or poise on whaling boats awash off shore
Where from calm sea we can say we saw
The ones that fathom deep in 20 thousand feet.
O living sea, a vast unknown, give us a sign
That whales, free from pain can roam to Arctic North.
Darkening beaches, black basalt, glossed with brine
Greet birds flying from the cold Antarctic south
And on shore too, may San Miguel protect its own,
From fisher folk to tiny bird, keep vibrant green on red hot mouth.
Georgina Wright January 2016