Webcam Sonnet 4: Now

Webcam Sonnet 4: Now

Film and photograph only show
how it was. You’re seeing how it is,

now, this moment. A moody sunrise
bruising the nimbus above Hammerfest

to a nacreous flush that will never outlast
the next refresh. The very townsfolk

will miss it, unless they chance to look
now, right now. Can you catch his attention,

the man crossing the Torg, head down;
can you make him see one moment of sky

unlike all the others you and he
will walk under today, unlike the moment

passing in Padua, Jaipur, Tashkent,
that you don’t happen to be watching now?


from Long-Haul Travellers (Seren, 2008), © Sheenagh Pugh 2005, used by permission of the author and the publisher

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Sheenagh Pugh Reading from Her Poems

1The Beautiful Lie

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2The Pause

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3Webcam Sonnet 3: Contact

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4Webcam Sonnet 4: Now

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5Wedding Night in the Snow Hotel

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6Travelling with Ashes

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7The Bereavement of the Lion-Keeper

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8Stonelight

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9Lockerbie Butter

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10What If This Road

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11Josephine

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12Golden Boy

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13Extremophile

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14Days of November 2009

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15Return

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16The Viceroy of India

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17Trondheim: January

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18The Woodcarver of Stendhal

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19The Pursuit of Happiness

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20Interviewing the Two Last Speakers

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21Regina

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22Times Like Places

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23The Movement of Bodies

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24Bioluminescent

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25The Art of Packing

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26The Opportune Moment

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