Guest poem sent in by Sarah Hughes
(Poem #1371) Girl in a Wheelchair Dancing to U2 in Lansdowne Stadium 1997
In a clearing near midfield she is tossing her hair, waving her arms, catching hold of, taking for a wild spin a new constellation, The Chariot. The Centre holds. Big wheels rattle and hum. Sparks fly from her.
Note: "The Chariot" in line 4 is italicised. This appeared in Granier's book AIRBORNE, published by Salmon Poetry (Cliffs of Moher, Co Mayo) in 2001. [The allusion in the fifth line is to Yeats's "The Second Coming": "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold" - martin] I think this poem is simply about freedom, cutting loose, busting out to join in the dance. I was at that concert too, it was deadly! The following links have reviews and some more of his poetry. [broken link] http://www.writerscentre.ie/anthology/granier.html http://www.salmonpoetry.com/airborne.html ciao Sarah [Martin adds] The poem reminds me in a way of Benet's "Winged Man" [Poem #609], for its use of "cosmic" imagery to suggest an exuberant magnificence of spirit. The phrase "The Centre holds" gave me a sudden vision of a luminous, laughing figure, alone in a dark field while the universe revolves around her. Beautiful.