“A Savage Beauty” an Ekphrastic Poem by Bev Gorbet

Path to bridge over Otonabee River on a foggy morning, ON (photo by Nina Munteanu)

The strange merry-go- round will turn and turn;
Season to season in sacred passage,
Time’s gentle silences softly unwinding…

Marcescent Beech trees in a Kawartha forest during fog, ON (photo and rendition by Nina Munteanu)

Days of a savage beauty:
The world’s innate beauty, 
The world’s inevitable pain…

Snowmelt along country road in Kawarthas on a foggy morning, ON (photo and rendition by Nina Munteanu)

We, both predator and prey:
Wild song, wild nature’s order…
Moments of perplexity and loss,
The many daunting questions: 
Unanswerable visions beyond the abyss.

Mallards feeding in Thompson Creek, ON (photo and rendition by Nina Munteanu)

Too often the inaction, 
The inscrutable silences
In a time of fear…

Tree reflected in Thompson Creek, ON (photo and rendition by Nina Munteanu)

The cruel histories: these misbegotten tales?
Where has love gone this solemn time?
Sacred memory and hope?

The Otonabee River during a snowstorm, ON (photo and rendition by Nina Munteanu)

Generations have trod on unending journey
Neither question nor answer to guide
The lost ever lost, the perplexed ever perplexed…
Love is all, time’s vast unwinding.

Thompson Creek marsh, ON (photo and rendition by Nina Munteanu)

Bev Gorbet is a Toronto poet. She has published several poems with the Retired Teachers Organization and most recently in “Literary Connection IV: Then and Now” (In Our Words Inc., 2019), edited by Cheryl Antao Xavier. 

Nina Munteanu is a Canadian ecologist / limnologist and novelist. She is co-editor of Europa SF and currently teaches writing courses at George Brown College and the University of Toronto. Visit www.ninamunteanu.ca for the latest on her books. Nina’s bilingual “La natura dell’acqua / The Way of Water” was published by Mincione Edizioni in Rome. Her non-fiction book “Water Is…” by Pixl Press(Vancouver) was selected by Margaret Atwood in the New York Times‘Year in Reading’ and was chosen as the 2017 Summer Read by Water Canada. Her novel “A Diary in the Age of Water” was released by Inanna Publications (Toronto) in June 2020.