And there was an observable glow around each poet as they spoke
A glow that did not merely remain clinging to their bodies
But co-mingled, bathing the whole room. Permeating each fiber, every mind and all nearby souls.
Their glow reached out the doorway on up the street and into the night
Creeping through keyholes, engulfing each building.
The glow rose within the vaulted ceiling of the poets’ room,
Rising up and out and on, soaring high above the buildings
Soon, it had blanketed the town, people in cars and beds
High up in the ether it met and melded with glow conjured by other kindreds
And very soon their collective, artistic glow had seeped through each crack and every crevice
Scaled mountains, swamped oceans; filling valleys full
Until it had reached every, single living thing, everywhere, across the lands
Leaving the whole, wide, world swaddled, touched, glowing with uplifting beauty.
Deborah Joan Jones is one of eight children. Born to an Irish mother and English father, she grew up between the bustling pace of city life in the south of England, and the long summers she enjoyed with her family in Dublin, Ireland, relishing in the freedom of the great outdoors at the holiday home built by her grandfather, in the idyllic seaside settlement of Portrane. Having learned to read and write by just three years old, and with a strong love for literature, she began writing poetry at an early age, progressing to writing songs by her fourteenth year. Not only a prolific writer of poetry and prose, she is also a painter, composer, actress, classically trained vocalist, and lead singer of Texas based rock band, Stealing Wishes. Having split her time between London, UK and Texas, USA, concentrating mainly on music and songwriting, her diverse interest in the many artistic platforms she creates upon has led her once more back to writing. This year she looks forward to the planning of the release of her fiction novel, ‘The Parted’, a story of identical twins separated at birth and the parallel journey of their lives, along with her first book of poetry, and a young adult fiction storybook in rhyme. She now lives in the USA with her husband and children and enjoys continuing to create, drawing from the experience gained living in the arms of the three countries she considers home.