Gold Fever

“I hear the voice of a fanatic
where the water falls on rocks;
it’s almost brutally ecstatic
and it can’t relate to clocks.

There are some stars above the pines,
oscillating back and forth,
then, inexplicably, light shines
like an explosion in the north.

The silence of the shadows
that are bowing to the moon
is penetrating through the windows
like the midnight sun at noon.

I’m very glad you’re safe and sleeping
because tonight will never end,
and I’m alone, awake, and keeping
an appointment with a friend.

The survivors learn from history,
unless it’s not exactly true,
and if the world’s a murder-mystery,
then this beauty is a clue.

Invisible, approaching, alien machine,
ultra-violet and spinning,
white welcome fire that makes it clean
is the only prize worth winning."

A night in the mountains beside a loud waterfall becomes surreal as the speaker contemplates the similarity between the refining of gold and of the spirit.

I am a Canadian, originally from Ontario, and am now living in Calgary, Alberta. I have studied sciences and anthropology at university and travelled across North America and briefly to Mexico and the Caribbean. I have been writing for over 20 years and performed my work in public. I have written more than 100 poems, several short stories and am presently working on a few novels.

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  • Andrew Price
    Andrew Priceover 6 years ago

    Very good, beautiful imagery.

  • Nancy Ames
    Nancy Amesover 6 years ago

    Thanks, Andrew – I’m glad you like it.

  • amarica
    amaricaover 6 years ago

    Well done Nancy!! Congratulations on being featured in the All Things Poetic, Artistic, Philosophical group!!!

  • Nancy Ames
    Nancy Amesover 6 years ago

    Thanks, amarica – I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  • Matt Roberts
    Matt Robertsover 5 years ago

    Brilliant. Excellent. Fantastic. Love it.

  • Thanks very much, Matt.

    – Nancy Ames

  • BikerAngie
    BikerAngieover 5 years ago


  • Thanks, BikerAngie – I’m glad you enjoyed it.

    – Nancy Ames

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersover 5 years ago

    Nice . . .

  • Thanks, Hugh.

    – Nancy Ames

  • SimplyRed
    SimplyRedover 3 years ago


  • Thanks so much, SimplyRed – very nice to be featured in the All Out Emotion Group.

    – Nancy Ames

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