Puente Poetry: Presence

gravestone in Frank Bruce sculpture park

(Frank Bruce 1931 – 2009)

a wooden post with the inscription 'I was privileged to be'

your words fade from
the headstone, the way you
returned to nature in this life
and after you join the stars

~ we sit with your presence ~

still lingering between
the Lesser Celandine
that point towards the light
you always followed

© Xenia Tran

close up of Lesser Celandine in the forest

This is my first attempt at writing a puente poem.

Wishing you all a peaceful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/1.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 640, f/1.8 – 1/4000 s – ISO 640 and f/1.8 – 1/4000 s – ISO 100.

Puente is a modern poetry form created by James Rasmusson. The first stanza develops one aspect of a topic where you, line by line, work towards another aspect. The centre line is delineated by a tilde (~) and functions as a bridge that forms a couplet with both the last line of the first stanza and the first line of the second stanza. You can choose any number of lines, as long as the first stanza has the same number of lines as the second stanza. You can find more information about the form here.

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Placing Poems

Placing Poems is an online, interactive map that shares poems about new and imagined journeys away from the stifling reality of the pandemic. We are delighted that this poem now appears on this map. If you visit the Placing Poems website and select The Map, you can scroll up to the Scottish Highlands and find it under Cairngorms, Feshie Bridge, alongside many other poignant poems.