“Urgent Spirits Set Free” an Ekphrastic Poem by Bev Gorbet

Flooded field in spring, ON (photo and rendition by Nina Munteanu)

Urgent spirits set free these majestic windfall, rainfall spring days…
Oh! the sacred spring winds, holy wildernesses, hearts aflame
Glorious sentinel flames, worlds full ablaze in the sheltering eastern skies
A majestic recognition reborn…

Flooded spring stream in Trent Nature Sanctuary, ON (photo and rendition by Nina Munteanu)

Oh! great season of beginnings, these fierce storm winds in full flight…
Midst it all, a mystic sanctity, a deepest reflection
So much this: a time of wonder, this sacred hour,

Maple swamp in spring flood, ON (photo and rendition by Nina Munteanu)

Slow time gently falling away…
A benevolent vision’s mystic forest: glory of the mind set free, the rise, the fall,
The far searching waves surge and flow, to implode on a distant sheltering shore
Cycles, rise and fall below a haunting nightfall moon:
Chaste guardian to a deeply slumbering world…

Black Walnut Locust forest backlit in front of Otonabee River, ON (photo and rendition by Nina Munteanu)

All the glorious spring lights, all the sacred beauty
In a living world reborn…
Bluebell and lilac skies, the promised floral abundance
To overwhelm, a sacred beauty, wild nature’s loving message,
Her blessing to the receiving earth below…

Lilac field in spring, ON (photo and rendition by Nina Munteanu)

Promises, nature’s sacred beauty, her holy vision: full worlds of hope…
You, my beloved, far eternity’s beauty in a dearly long sought soul
After the long journey in lonely voyage…
All the joy, all the beauty in long forgotten promise:
Urgent spirits to soar, set free, a holy most radiant beauty
Beyond darkest night.

Moss with sporophyte capsules after a spring rain, ON (photo and rendition by Nina Munteanu)

Bev Gorbet is a Toronto poet and retired school teacher. 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.

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