like bridemaids in a wedding,
cows congregate on the wetlands
where grass fields stretch in the sun
like a four-sentenced symphony.
cows sit in pairs by the river,
clattering their mouths
as if talking of green nuances –
lime, fern, olive, pine, shamrock,
pistachio, seaweed, chartreuse –
shades of green grass toying with
the sea-breeze imbibed with
salt, brine, and iodine,
the hues of the evening
that soothe my breathing.
Dr Emily Bilman is London’s Poetry Society Stanza representative and hosts poetry meetings in her home in Geneva. She earned her PhD from East Anglia U where she taught literature. Her dissertation entitled The Psychodynamics of Poetry was published in 2010. Modern Ekphrasis, dealing with the poetry-painting analogy from Plato to Derrida, was published by Peter Lang in 2013. Her poems are published in The London Magazine, The Linnet’s Wings, Hunger Mountain, Offshoots VII & XII, Orbis, Poetry Salzburg Review, Iodine, Aois 21, The Battersea Review, San Diego Poetry Annual in America and The Inspired Heart Vols. 1, 2, & 3, Ygdrasil, and http://www.ekphrastic.net in Canada. Two poetry books, A Woman By A Well and Resilience, are published by Matador in England. Her website is http://www.emiliebilman.wix.com/emily-bilman.