“Chalk-Hills” by Emily Bilman

The silk-chalk in the new-born bay feels
like soft talcum powder under our steps.

Like the wind-swirled primeval sea-sands 
under the mutinous seas, the grated chalk

powder now filling our hands is inodorous
yet heals the open wound in your hand.

High waves gnaw the chalk-hills, shape
them into convex moons. Wind-gusts

sweep the seas as in creation day, sculpting 
the limestone layers into sheer geometries

like the transient dust that shaped our forms
from minerals, oxygen, iron, and carbon.

Emily Bilman, PhD writes in Geneva, CH. Her dissertation, The Psychodynamics of Poetry was published by Lambert Academic in 2010 and Modern Ekphrasis by Peter Lang in 2013. Her poetry books, A Woman by A Well (2015), Resilience (2015), The Threshold of Broken Waters (2018) and Apperception (2020) were all published by Troubador, UK. She blogs on http://www.emiliebilman.wix.com/emily-bilman