Black Pearl

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Black Pearl

by Erina Booker

You were a nacred reflection in the ocean,
the moon drifting back
to the point where
I started missing you,
before I knew you,
in the mystery of
spacetime;
the moon glade stretches –
endlessly encircling –
layers in a barred pearl
winding rings and rings
around the heart
till it was beating and real
and I could be harvested
from the sea bed,
from my shell,
like Aphrodite;
And you are now
a black, Antipodean moon,
present in your absence,
your invisibility;
I hold you
with my gravity,
nestled on my breast
weighed within my hand.

©Erina Booker 2015

 

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About Erina Booker

Erina Booker is a writer, teacher, and counsellor, and her life has been largely about words and the many uses of language. She has written poetry for most of her life, studying at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, and completing a major in Literature within her Bachelor of Arts degree from Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. Currently, she has five collections of poems in print. Her sixth, ‘Coalescence’, is her first collaborative venture into the fusion of art and poetry.

Her background covers a further range of studies & interests, including Post Graduate Counselling, Applied Science in Medical Imaging, & also Musical Performance with the instruments of piano, flute, and ‘cello. Added to which, she owned and ran a sheep farm in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales for ten years, breeding black sheep, and enjoying the deep connection she feels with the natural world. Her varied experiences inform her writing as she draws on an intricate tapestry of events. Erina Booker lives in Sydney, Australia.

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