Claire Miranda Roberts

INCARNATION

The text depends on numerous details
here is the sky lined with vespers
but without supplying any account of what proceeds
the weight of the whole fades into the sea
green functions sacramentally but blue is illumined
readers sometimes wonder whether there is any historical reference
scholarship is work but the sea has a mood it does not share
in fact, the Incarnation is not clear that flowers open in spring
but, for example, nothing supports your chair and so you prepare for hours
some have tried to establish one answer, a window to a window
which probably means the guest room to a house
giving rise to a number of alternate versions
that on closer observation is fruit
tumbling from an open palm.

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Incarnation by Claire Miranda Roberts received a special mention in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (May 2019) judged by Terry Jones.

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