We need iron in our blood to carry
oxygen from lungs to cells,
and yet iron left in damp air
will rust and its shiny grey
will crust with red. The earth
is rich and hard with iron,
mined for making steel,
its solidity tempered
and twisted into buildings,
pylons and bridges,
and its smoothness giving rusty birth
to the enigma of the Angel of the North.

Kim M. Russell, 7th January 2020

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My response to dVerse Poets Pub Tuesday Poetics: Let’s get elementary

For the first Tuesday Poetics of 2020, Sarah is our host, and she would like us to get back to the absolute basics of matter.  She tells us that for Christmas this year, her son received a book of stories about the different elements of the periodic table. She thought it might be fun to write some poems inspired by elements – and we don’t need to have any knowledge of science to do it, as we rub up against the elements every day. She’s even given us two wonderful example poems: ‘Oxygen’ by Mary Oliver and ‘Silver’ by Walter de la Mare.

27 thoughts on “Enigma

  1. I like the resonance between the colour of blood and the colour of rust, and the chiming of “crust” – which made me think of scabbing – and “rust” – there are so many echoes in this poem of apparently disparate objects. I’ve never seen the Angel, must take a trip up there sometime.

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    1. Just before Christmas I saw another of Gormley’s statues, the one in the crypt at Winchester Cathedral. Sadly, my photographs didn’t turn out well.


  2. An intriguing piece…I share your fascination with rust. You’ve visited my Minimalist Photography site, and know that “rusters” make up a big part of the group.

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  3. I didn’t know about it either so I read some and it is fascinating. I love it and its history, one being “It was a picture the council sent him of the mound – next to the road and covering 300 years of mineworkings – that piqued his interest and persuaded him to visit (the artist).”
    Your poem could be a plaque engraved at the base.

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