Exsultate, Jubilate by Richard Outram

Encore Literary Magazine is extremely proud to have permission from the executors of the estate of the late Richard Outram to present work by one of Canada’s great poets. In the months to come, poems by Outram will be periodically featured here, thus helping to keep alive the singular voice of, in the words of Alberto Manguel, “one of the finest poets in the English language.”

Exsultate, Jubilate

And amidst darkness,
Spellbound, they saw
The juggler falter,
His flashing circle fall.

His subtle circle shattered
Into points of brightness
Like minute Angels,
Everyone applauded.

They applauded wildly:
As that juggler wept
For brightness, scattered
Like God’s Angels.

As Angels flourished
In the sombre air
A single Soul remarked
Those rare tears.

Tears, that hold the light
Like broken diamonds,
Mark for all time
The ground whereon they fall.

Child, where they fell,
Perfect flowers grow.
Flowers that die
Like light behind the eye.