Elly McDonald

Writer

Byzantium (1983)

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A neon script emblazoned on the skyline

And the bassline from the car radio

Reverberates

Throbbing like the tremor of a long-bow string

After the arrow is loosed.

God is starry-eyed in the heavens

Tonight, and the streets down here are paved with gold

Light gilded – a Byzantine mosaic

Our city, bejewelled, wears a halo.

Driving through the night (through a pageant)

We are silent

We are blessed

We are wonders in a world

Of precious detail-work, of graven

Images: richly-inlaid mysteries

From the radio the bass emanates and

Envelops

A textured mantle, dark

And warm as blood

Author: Elly McDonald

Art lover. Loves her family and her dog. Worked in the Australian rock music industry as a journalist and published widely as a poet before moving to London and spending the better part of a decade in advertising agencies. Returned to Australia and briefly tried teaching, primarily teaching English to non-English speaking, newly-arrived refugees but also as a high school classroom teacher. Has travelled Western Europe, North Africa, Russia, Northern India, East Asia, coastal USA, some Pacific Islands, and Australia.

2 thoughts on “Byzantium (1983)

  1. I like Byzantium very much Elly. Thanks you for sharing it with me. Ian

    Ian G. Weeks Sent from my iPad

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    • Oooh Ian, are ALL the poems I’ve just posted coming up? On Facebook? There’re selected poems from 30+ years ago! But thank you

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