AG: We are very pleased to publish the beautiful poem, ‘A New Day’ by Chris Picone, on our blog. Chris is the facilitator of Emerge, which is a creative writing group for 13-17 year olds; see the flyer below for more information and to get involved with this wonderful project. Emerge itself is free, but teenagers do have to be a member of TWPC (Townsville Writers & Publishers Centre) to apply.
In Chris’s own words .. “My submission here is a poem with the working title “A New Day” which examines the sensation experienced when facing a (both literal and metaphorical) sunrise. You know the one, when everything’s dark and terrible but then suddenly light breaks the sky and you know that it’s the start of a new day and that somehow everything will be okay? I wrote it when I was in a particularly dark place, and then later edited it into its current form as a bit of an experiment playing with some of the more technical elements of poetry.”
A New Day.
Dark contemplations, so black they’re grey.
Tenebrous memories join in the fray.
Ominous tidings usurping light –
I cannot see the stars tonight.
Outside, grim darkness – vile demons swarm.
Despair, malignance – inside, a storm.
Tomorrow’s promise defies the blight,
resolves my will to stay the fight.
Over the hills to the east you rise;
warming my soul, igniting the skies.
Casting off shadow, bringing the light –
my heart unfetters at the sight!
Here beneath your radiant wonder,
the demons’ grip is split asunder.
Free from perdition, hope’s acolyte,
with renewed strength my spirit takes flight.
“I’m currently studying a joint bachelor degree in Education (Secondary) and Arts (English) while working security to pay my way, but my background is mostly in construction and mining, and I also served for around ten years as an Army Reservist. I like to use plain but powerful language in my writing, while drawing on my diverse life experiences to give an undeniable life to the words. I like to think outside the box and enjoy experimenting with different genres; on top of countless short stories and poetry, my first novel is a low-magic survival fantasy and the piece I am writing now is a near-future sci-fi that examines the darker aspects of human nature. I also run the Emerge writing program for teenagers, which you can find on the TWPC website.”