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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Clarissa Aykroyd grew up in Victoria, Canada and is now a resident of London, UK. Her work has appeared in The Ofi Press, Lighthouse, The Island Review, The Missing Slate, And Other Poems, Ink Sweat & Tears and in anthologies, and she was a contributor to Ireland's The Gathering Poem. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and the author of a blog about poetry and poets, The Stone and the Star (

Clarissa Aykroyd

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Riverlight. The slow afternoon
bleeds away to the clockwork notes

of a Bach invention. The walls
speak sunlight, their tone of bright stone

and ivy. My cautious fingers
on the ivory are playing

modernity into the shade
of centuries. The river's life

remains, the pulse of stream and shade,
and my thoughts at last running clear

into an uncaptured future.