and I love to watch the clouds
-- Albert Hammond
Splendid clouds in shades of white
the mountain’s wedding dress
in silk, the moon
on late night shift
the sun / a groom in hiding
softened by the coolest mist
beautiful wedding gifts
sculpted in the clouds
the little bridesmaids — soundless
nymphs — skirt the prairies and
telegraph their timeless secrets
in passionate Baroque-tone
to God’s translucent playgrounds.
TSTmpj: Do you often spend time cloud watching?
Martha Landman: As a child I loved to lie on the lawn and watch the clouds and made up little stories out of it. I had quite a vivid imagination. I don't "cloud watch" as a hobby anymore, but whenever I walk, drive or ride and see the clouds I am fascinated by the beautiful constructions and, yes, it still conjures up beautiful tales.
TSTmpj: I don't know about you, but when I think of weddings I think of promise, and hope. The imagery of your poem leaves me, literally, uplifted and looking up. It's also feminine in feel to me. Any comments?
Martha Landman: I'm too much of a cynic to make too much out of wedding fairytales. It's not the wedding that's important, but that marriage, and that is a whole different ball game. That doesn't stop me though from wild embroidery ... I have been intrigued by the fact that my poems often have a bit of a dark ending. Maybe it's my way of supporting the underdog.
TSTmpj: I love the poem's denouement. Passion and playfulness, with a sacred element. Do you feel that as adults we lose those elements in our lives too easily? Did you have fun writing this poem?
Martha Landman: I'm not sure that people lose it, maybe they're just not always as aware and not treasuring it as much. I have a deep passion for life. I'm often seen as serious by others, while most of the time I'm just having fun. I love to play - especially with words - and it sometimes gets me into trouble.
Martha always loved writing, but only started serious writing a few years ago when she joined Writers in Townsville Society.