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 (http://thestoneandthestar.blogspot.co.uk/).
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.