This month celebrates the launch of one of our senior editors’ new book. And The Clouds Parted is the latest accomplishment from Gabrielle Yetter (Gabi) and is a collection of poetry and observations created during lockdown. Inspired by observing “invisible people” and a desire to see positive images during a time of darkness, the book is filled with poignant messages of hope, loss, love, and the human condition. Illustrated by Lucy Dean. This poem from the book is entitled Perspective.
Smearing a smudge of makeup with a damp rag
And fanning her brow with a sweaty hand.
While across town,
A young woman dangles her toes on the edge of a pond
And turns her face, like a sunflower, toward the sky.
Tightening his fur-lined jacket and stabbing a finger at the heater
While along the street
A young man rolls his wheelchair to the window
And smiles as he watches snowballs fly.
Too much traffic,
The businessman grumbles
Honking the horn of his Mercedes and hollering at passersby.
While in a nearby lane, a woman sits behind the wheel
Humming to the strains of classical melodies
And noticing newborn lambs in the meadow.
The store owner gripes
Frowning at customers lined up at the door.
When around the corner
A nurse wipes another cheek,
Holds another hand,
Grateful for the contact of a human soul
As another and another and another wait outside.
Mutters the executive
Tapping her foot and huffing loudly in the queue.
While five steps behind her
A single mum takes a breath
Relieved to have a few moments of alone-time
As she composes a new poem in her mind.
In another town, another space,
A young woman walks,
And lays them on the ground
For one who
Will never be too hot, too cold, too busy.
For him it is