Talking of Beauty

Talking of Beauty

by Elizabeth Challinor

"Levin did not like talking or hearing about the beauty of nature. For him words took away the beauty of what he saw" (Tolstoy).

Words may steal

The gift they offer

The beauty

Of describing


Recognised and defiled

In the very act of enunciation


The crystallisation of beauty

In memory, in words

Also bestows

Sweet ripples


Of homecoming

Upon our tired aching souls

Elizabeth Challinor