On the Brink of Niagara

MARCH 2012: POETRY

by D. S. Martin

You & I have stood on the brink of Niagara many times
& so we know  like Coleridge  a waterfall can be sublime
not merely pretty & of all the waterfalls on earth
some are more majestic  more picturesque & grand  more worth
the praise  more deserving of the description  We’ve worn raincoats
within reach of the descending water’s spray  & on the boat
Maid of the Mist  & kissed  as if to seal the event
Despite  the good  the true  the beautiful  some seem bent
on destroying our ability to qualify such things
I still desire to celebrate the best that this world brings

 

D. S. Martin is a Canadian poet whose most recent collection is Poiema (Wipf & Stock). From a series inspired by the life and work of C.S. Lewis, “On The Brink of Niagara” finds its inspiration in the opening pages of The Abolition of Man. Poems from this series have appeared in Anglican Theological Review, The Other Journal, Relief, Ruminate, Sehnsucht, and Windhover.