Poem Of The Month: June 2011

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June's Poem is Two Dragons Dancing by J.S.Watts. It is taken from her début poetry collection: 'Cats and Other Myths.'

Two Dragons Dancing

In a moon-lit field,

On a night of sleepless dreams,

Two dragons are dancing.

In the silence beyond time,

In the blood-red dark,

Two dragons are waiting.

Red and white and white and red.

Born of a myth that will not hold them,

They dance with freedom,

For the joy of each shining moment:

Tumbling like leaves in an autumn gale,

Drifting like snow petals on cold-heavy air,

Rising with the perseverance of corn

To sail the sky's soft blue.

White and red and red and white.

They leap prophecies like salmon.

Flirting and darting and slipping between

The golden laughter of the morning,

The silent silver of the night,

They dance to the eternal rhythm

That drums within.

Two take their rest in the crystal roaring

That gushes down the mountainside,

Then play in the tranquil mirrored water,

Reflecting one another into time

To become many. Their children,

Riding the fierce rivers of chronology,

Are scattered like dandelion clocks.

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Moon Through The Vineyards by Daniele Pellati

J.S.Watts' debut poetry collection, 'Cats and Other Myths', has received very positive reviews via Amazon:

"JS Watts writes beautifully. This is a special book"

"A wonderful collection, with poems of great beauty and power"

It has also been nominated as May’s Book of the Month on The Poetry Kit’s website.

J.S.Watts was born in London and now lives and writes in East Anglia. In between, she read English at Somerville College, Oxford and spent many years working in the education sector. She remains committed to the ideals of further and higher education despite governments of assorted political persuasions trying to demolish them. Her poetry, short stories and book reviews appear in a variety of publications in Britain, Canada and the States including Acumen, Brittle Star, Envoi, Hand + Star, Midwest Literary Magazine, Orbis and Visionary Tongue and have been broadcast on BBC Radio. She is Poetry Reviews Editor for Open Wide Magazine and Poetry Editor for Ethereal Tales. Her debut poetry collection, "Cats and Other Myths" is published by Lapwing Publications.