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Showcase: Worlds Apart, The Moon, You Watch + Trees

Edited by Amber Hall

Hello, Write On! readers. My name is Amber Hall, and I’m delighted to be your showcase editor for August. I’m a London-based writer with a background in brand communications. I write a lot of essays and prose pieces, though I’m always trying to challenge myself and write things that are outside of my comfort zone. You can follow me on Instagram (@amber.marie.123) or Twitter (@amber_marie_123). It’s been a pleasure to read the submissions we’ve received lately – you’re a talented bunch!

Our theme this month continues to be ‘Worlds Apart,’ which I love because it encompasses so many ideas. We can consider physical distance, which feels like a poignant response as we begin to process what’s been happening over the past couple of years.

Tavinder New explores the theme of physical distance against a backdrop of war. Conflict and catastrophe contrive to separate us, but there’s an invisible thread that unites, even in the direst circumstances. There’s hope in this, and I think the piece captures that hope – an unshakable, unbreakable thing – beautifully.

Worlds Apart

Even though you are worlds apart from me, you are in my heart. The war has taken you away from me, but all I do is pray that you will return. I read your letters daily, I think of you daily, I miss you daily.

Even though you are worlds apart from me, you are in my heart. The war has taken you away from me – stalled our dreams together – but all I do to cope are my regimes to bide time as it grimes every day.

Even though you are worlds apart, you are in my heart. The war has taken you away, yet there is still love that is above and ties us together. I send you food parcels, while you are glued with my picture in your jacket.

Even though you are worlds apart, I know you will come back to me. Perhaps there will be a crack in you, but our love will fix that and build the bricks of us together. You are not that far away as I think of you and you think of me; we are together.

(c) Tavinder Kaur New, 2022

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I’m writing this during a heatwave; it’s currently five pm and 37°C outside. This week, UK temperatures are forecast to reach a scorching 40°C – the hottest on record. And, although I’m a sun-worshipper who barely functions between October and March, these record-breaking temperatures are a sobering reminder that we need to take better care of our planet.

The poems below stood out to me today, because they’re good examples of how we can look to nature for inspiration; we should be living in harmony with our world – not apart. From the vastness of the night sky to the view outside your window, Akshitha Ramalingam, Jack Tattersall and Laila Fatnassi prove there is endless inspiration to be found out there. I think each piece really reflects how personal our interaction with the natural world can be.

The Moon

On the shimmering coaly pool,
Calm and majestic she stood;
The denying envy minds kept denigrating,
And, she cheerfully disregarded the happening,
The ridleys adored her sparking glaze,
As the bleaking chasm yearned her highness,
The eagles rebelled to nest on her,
As the desperate oysters longed to have her in,
The rain wished to imprint on her,
As the fireflies craved to gulp her in,
But, she the moon;
Unconditionally and irrevocably in love,
That she melted, drowned and indulged,
Into the heavenly ocean of lasting ecstasy!

(c) Akshitha Ramalingam, 2022

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You watch

         The yellow

Ochre had taken over all the
Leaves in the tree, Yellow
Chartreuse lingers in a few
Bit deep wood, burnt browns,
Line the ribs of mostly
Orange dying leaves that
Hang. I’ve seen them in the
Garden below. They are
Collecting, they fall like
Spears, having curled in
Onto themselves.

The yellow larch is orange
Deepest yellow cadmium in
The sun. Just a little chartreuse
Remains. She’s delicate. Oddly
The last of this green stands
On two towering limbs at the top.
Late sun shines through and
It a chandelier to the street.

The clouds above, grey
Pockets under layers of white
Sail across, away so quickly
I sense it’s not safe for these
Fragile things, fall leaves,

The breaks are in torn
Pockets through multiple layers
Grey white ships, wreckage
Above. Fields of blue behind
And between tears, they
Themselves unsettled close,
Collide filling the blue window
So much green, tree
The grass, hedges, and beds.
Stems and bushes of bloomed
Flowers. It’s the light that
Gives cool away. It’s the shadow
That tints the decay. Slow.
Pay attention. Things happen
In the shadows. Reflections
Are not drained; colour
Leaves pale hues that
Shimmer and fools us.
The light sets, we rise up
Before dawn, and see the
Truth, the shimmer is
A dead edge, a curled scar
A dry hard leaf, a shiny
Residue, a dull dim
Under leaf.

The jagged giants above
Have moved on out of my
Neighbourhood. A line, a halo
Of light, dresses the mountain’s
Edge. It sails by, a ship
Billows of white, dense, opaque,
Deep thick white light rounded
Seems to curl round into the
Dark grey below. Sky again
And how it creeps, this slip of
Cloud lower, lower white
Behind the giant trees, those
Above the houses. Will some
Other place receive a storm. Have
I willed in the blue. I
Recall the cobalt blue all
Morning. The white, last
Piece behind the horizon, those
Crowns, highest one, are beacons
Reflecting striking white between
Their limbs. The sun is sinking,
As have the clouds. This, and
Dusk has sailed in as the clouds
Sailed out. Low now, there are
No causes for chandeliers,
No reflections to shimmer.

(c) Jack Tattersall, 2021

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Trees

(c) Laila Fatnassi, 2022

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