Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Dark and Light in Washington DC--By Isha Wagner--New Zealand

I wonder how long it will endure
This Vietnam memorial : will it expand or contract
Or explode into smithereens
A sentinel to something : dead soldiers
As I think of unborn children
Un-reaching to the ovum
Lost forever without knowing the
Distillation of life's variances

Moving to the Potamac River
Struck fiercely with November sun
Streaming diamonds of light
Making morbid thoughts obsolete
To this of nature's visions
For some small time
I know everything is alright

It's Thanksgiving here : crowds swarm
Hundreds like me amongst the trees looking down
On swift shining water

Back to the conscious self again
Mourning now without tears

Isha Wagner is a New Zealand poet. She has resided in many countries including Iceland, Libya, India, and Australia. She read some of her work at the VIII International Poetry Festival held in Granada, Nicaragua, in February 2012. She has had three collections of poetry published. 


  1. Hello Isha
    Your moment of reflection, emerging from sadness with lines such as streaming diamonds of light.... on swift shining water... to help move on - thank you, it was a pleasure to read.
    Take care

  2. Dear Isha, Nice way to approach a subject, in refection as we all
    often do. I liked it all, and enjoyed the well thought out
    Ending. Many blessings.

  3. Hi Isha,
    Really like this sensitive poem at a time when things seem confused and in need of some kind of order--we poets have a calling do we not?

  4. I enjoyed the piece, very thouhtful.

  5. This shows real skill and ability to use language cleverly. It's a very good example of putting just enough in to make it work well. A lovely read. Thanks for sharing this work. Keith, UK.