Vivienne Glance

synaptic cleft


when a word reveals itself
to me and in a microsecond
onto the bright page -
i am swallowed
by mystery

from billions of neural possibilities
a single chemical
leaps across a synaptic cleft
tussles with electrical pulses
in my spongy brain
and steals this word
from my blood-dark
articulate heart

creation is more than a succession
of cellular awakenings
with chemical sap

as a tear
a perfect sphere
balanced on a rose petal
reflecting the world
must be more than water
and pigmented carbon
so poetic thought
expands beyond action potentials
aimed along axons
networked through this fleshy structure
that seems to be me



Vivienne Glance's poetry and short stories have appeared in various publications including Short Stories Australia and Blue Dog, and she has won prizes and a commendation in competitions. Her plays have been performed in Australia and abroad. She regularly performs her poetry at readings, and has run performance workshop for writers.


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Vol 11 No 2 October 2007
Editors: Nigel Krauth & Jen Webb