The quality of light: this, a piece
of late evening sky. How darkness
can shine: last of the sun, a first
breath of stars, a waxing moon.
Judas walks out of the small room
while they are still dining.
No one knows but Jesus
and his head is turned away.
But they can’t escape, these
protagonists, caught between
the ruby and green, the dark blue light,
the black bands of lead.
First published in Ancient Lights by Dick Jones –
Dick Jones has been published in such magazines as Orbis, The Interpreter’s House, Poetry Ireland Review, Qarrtsiluni, Westwords, Mipoesias, Other Poetry, Rattlesnake and Ouroboros Review. In 2010 Dick received a Pushcart nomination for his poem ‘Sea Of Stars’. A collection, Ancient Lights, was published by Phoenicia Publishing in 2012. A translation of Blaise Cendrars’ epic poem ‘La Prose du Transsibérien…’, illustrated by Natalie D’Arbeloff, is due for publication by The Old Stile Press in 2015.