Low Altitude



    Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure.
    ————————————— — Rumi


    I fly at a delicately-low altitude
    You feel it viscerally in your soul
    ——and your wingspan lifts me
    ———–like earth’s breath
    I empty myself of sadness
    ——–such is the power of storms
    Some things are too sacred
    ——–to be uttered
    Time slips away
    I open doors
    ———–time stands still
    Flying at a delicately low altitude
    —–stalking music in a house of mirrors
    ———-I search for instructions
    The key hides in the patterns
    —— my magical thinking refuses to acknowledge
    I can disappear
    —— the way mountains turn bluer on the horizon
    or a slow virga sublimes
    ————You listen to the silence
    drawn on the ashes of ancient sacrifices
    ——-know the redeeming power
    ————-of beauty and goodness
    and that to live is to persist in pain


    From Life in Suspension, Salmon Poetry, 2016

    Hélène Cardona is a poet and actor, the recipient of numerous awards and honours including a Hemingway Grant and the USA Best Book Award. Her books include three poetry collections, most recently Life in Suspension and Dreaming My Animal Selves (Salmon Poetry); and three translations: Beyond Elsewhere (White Pine Press), Ce que nous portons (Dorianne Laux, Éditions du Cygne), and Walt Whitman’s Civil War Writings for WhitmanWeb. She co-edits Plume and Fulcrum: An Anthology of Poetry and Aesthetics, and is co-producer of Pablo Neruda: The Poet’s Calling. She holds a Master’s in American Literature from the Sorbonne, taught at Hamilton College & Loyola Marymount University, and received fellowships from the Goethe-Institut & Universidad Internacional de Andalucía. Publications include Washington Square, The Warwick Review, Poetry International, World Literature Today, Irish Literary Times, & elsewhere.