Published in Issue 18 of Visionary Tongue, 2003.

A single soul
through shadow
mist and leaf;
a scowl wrapped close
in grey for
Watching: damp wood burst,
spitting knots;
eyeless sockets
from golden wind
Hearing: the flute of those
hollow reeds
Holding: the fire
under shadow
Wanting: a quiet laugh
between the circle
and the night;
the stories of the
chattering stones
For this he would abandon fate
and seize in hands of thorn
the wishing breath

© Rhys Hughes

Rhys Hughes has published several books and has more on the way. A Single Soul is a compelling and well-written poem. We hope to read more of Rhys Hughes work in the future.

Jamie Spracklen, VT Editor