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This poem is taken from PN Review 85, Volume 18 Number 5, May - June 1992.

Two Poems Neil Powell

THE STONES ON THORPENESS BEACH
For Guy Gladwell
       
O luminosity of chance!
Light spins among the spider-plants
As sand or amber glow seeps through
Tall windows of a studio,
While on the beach in random rows
The enigmatic stones compose
A silent staveless variation,
The music of regeneration.

Re-Iearn astonishment, and see
Where splinters of eternity
Still glitter at the water's edge,
Beyond the tideline's daily dredge
Of flotsam: plants and creatures who'd
Survive this stale decaying world,
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