Hélène Cardona

Shaft of Light
December 14, 2014 Cardona Helene

Shaft of Light


Smile behind the lips

her face a sunflower

in a garden of trees


The eyes of the seagull open

Choose your beach

tears caught in the throat


Stand in mountain pose

breathe the flame of the ghost

a shift in reality


I lost my mind

hanging in the void

A voice enters


shaft of light

God’s finger in the shallows

consoling my inner weather



From Life in Suspension (Salmon Poetry, 2016)

Hélène Cardona is the author of seven books, more recently the award- winning bilingual collection Life in Suspension, Hemingway Grant winner Beyond Elsewhere (Gabriel Arnou-Laujeac, tr.), Walt Whitman’s Civil War Writings (WhitmanWeb, tr.), and Birnam Wood.