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‘Mindsight’, by Michael Lee Rattigan


We publish below a new poem by Michael Lee Rattigan, whose poetry collection Hiraeth was published in 2016 by Black Herald Press (alongside its French translation).






Mindsight


A sound as of windchimes, separation

on the grass in the all-made light


soaking every grass-blade and leaf,

a field’s mile-upon-mile renewal.


Bells unlike bells, light unlike light

seeing for the first time


the only known by touch, sensation

unencumbered by meaning.


One’s whole life outside and inside

as a cloud casts shadow,


different brightnesses

the falling ends of a sash.


Shades lacking a language

– exact.


Where one thing can’t be mistaken for another,

perception clearer than sight.


Song of different tongues

a picture without vision, an impression


the moment the heart stops

appearing out of the fog like sunlight.


More than a paroptic immediate,

eyes in every surrounding particle


the mind itself sees

down to specks of dust.


© Michael Lee Rattigan, 2020.