We circle each other,
sun and moon, feel
the pull and push
of our magnetic fields.
At different times of day,
one of us yields or breaks away,
planets or stars in our own right,
creating our own light,
halos of independence,
before we collide,
take up the dance
again, and
we circle each other.

Kim M. Russell, 24th March 2021

My response to dVerse Poets Pub Meeting the Bar: Coming full circle, also linked to Poets and Storytellers United Weekly Scribblings: Shut up and dance with me

Peter is back with another ‘Meet the Bar craft-tuning exercise’, and we’re talking circles. He says that he’s thinking about circles because the east coast of Australia is being flooded. I’ve seen footage on the news and it looks apocalyptic! He explains that ‘factors like warm sea temperatures, on-shore flows and deepening troughs combine to create this great wet circle driving water into air, having it cascade onto the sodden earth and rushing to the oceans again.’

62 thoughts on “Circling

  1. This is absolutely exquisite, exquisite writing, Kim 😀 I love the impact in the brevity of your poem .. which circles and reminds that we are indeed all connected via time zones. 💝💝 May we continue to be 🙂

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  2. Fantastic piece Kim – (I was going to say ‘cosmic’). The concrete version has so much going on – the spiral, the busy crowded san serif letters and that little bright perfect circle in the middle – as the two lovers/stars collide. Bravo.

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  3. Yours was the perfect material for a circular poem: those rhythms within relationships which can take place over a single day or a whole lifetime! I have no idea how you and Peter turned your poems into circles…

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  4. I absolutely adore the unity and independence of subject and speaker. I love what it says about identity, about community, about being… And the shape, of course, is just perfect and balanced.

    A piece to remember, Kim, especially these days.

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    1. Thank you, Rosemary. I used to fiddle around with settings and shapes in Word, but there are websites with software that does it for you. For this one I used

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    1. Thank you, Rob! I used to fiddle around with settings and shapes in Word, but there are websites with software that does it for you. For this one I used


  5. That’s the cosmic dance, isn’t it? Circling round, breaking off, rejoining or forming new circles. Such motions deeply groove our poems, for sure. Yours offers a clean and wondrous gaze of the panoply.

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  6. Kim, I love, love LOVE this! I think it’s my new favorite of yours. It really has me thinking about interpersonal relationships of all sorts, and what balance looks like in them Thank you for this.

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  7. This is lovely Kim. The dance, the push and pull, how we sometimes drift apart only to be drawn together again. I’m amazed at how much you’ve managed to put into such a brief poem.

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  8. I have visited this poem a few times to read. I have enjoyed reading it everytime and the circle gives a vibe of balance and relates to life in a beautiful yet simple way. Your view is amazing and inspiring. Thank you

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