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Michael LoughranMichael Loughran is currently studying English with Creative Writing at Queen's University, Belfast. He has had poems published in Crannog and The Honest Ulsterman among others. His Twitter handle is @m_loughran.

 

 


 

 

 

 

Three Dancers

(after John Luke)

                  

 

                   I

 

At first it seems as though the clouds are out

of sync, are moving from and not toward

          the mountain-waves, the olive dunes,

 

the hour-glass lake. Until, that is, the light

soft curves of two dancers are observed

          to move the same toward a scarlet dress.

 

Two outstretched hands frozen between states...

those garish socks! That side-eye glance

          goading the interpreter!

 

                  

                   II

 

I read your texts in those few weeks before

“sure” as if you carried around

          a book of plant symbolism,

 

and found meaning obscured

when space between lines became time.

          I hoped it was the same on your end.

 

Once naked in your bed, our desire

turned the room tropical. Our forms

          the arched landscape of content.

 

                  

                   III

 

That long single shot opening Gravity,

the deft control, the sweep across the face

          of Earth that takes the Earth as known;

 

that errs only when George Clooney, alone

in shot, remarks on sublime space or beauty;

          that moves so fluid as to erase

 

the hand behind the lens, if not the eye

watching; is ancient song, a verse

          knotty and transparent.

 

 

 

©2016 Michael Loughran

 

 

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