Five Senses

Judith Wright

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Now my five senses
gather into a meaning
all acts, all presences;
and as a lily gathers
the elements together,
in me this dark and shining,
that stillness and that moving,
these shapes that spring from nothing,
become a rhythm that dances,
a pure design.

While I'm in my five senses
they send me spinning
all sounds and silences,
all shape and colour
as thread for that weaver,
whose web within me growing
follows beyond my knowing
some pattern sprung from nothing-
a rhythm that dances
and is not mine.

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  • tobiasflannagan

    Just read “Five Senses” by Judith Wright. Her poetry is so immersive, it's like she's leading us through her thoughts and feelings. Love her use of feelings related to the senses and how it evokes emotions. Truly a talent, Wright was & this is one of her gems! No second guesses on that. She paints a complete picture with few yet powerful words. All hail Judith Wright. Whoa, poetic genious!