Fantasia by Anne Marie Butler


beneath midsummer’s stretch of hills
to a sound in the sequence of a secret
sweeter than a song bird,
more tuneable than lark to shepherd’s ear*
a softer thrum, no human voice
more delicate, more mesmeric.

from rosewood and spruce
a hollow chamber, frets
on a fingerboard feather touched;
then swiftly, so swiftly
as though silenced by a hawk
with one swoop the hills become soundless.

from a fleeting impression
a fantasy so convincing
we linger on the edge.
Faint music from Titania
till morrow ~
deep midnight’s caress.

*ref:  A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

Anne Marie Butler is an artist and book illustrator and has been writing poetry for the past 5 years. She lives in the Preseli Hills in West Wales and attends and reads poetry ‘on mic ’ at local venues. She is currently studying Modern Literature with the Open University, and further details are shown on her blog:

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