I live in a golden palace,
Full with the very best of everything:
Shelter, sustenance, a silent welcome;
I never was one for displays of affection
On the occasion of a simply opening door,
Or is that merely an arrogant view?
I too listen for silences where I can,
With ears hissing gently in an empty room
As distant thunder rumbles uselessly.
This life ...
Sunday 27th June 2021 3:15 am
There's a certain kind of human being,
That some are persuaded to believe
Would be capable of enormities
That most would best avoid, than achieve.
He (or she) loiters in plain sight,
Presentably, discretely, achieving;
Calling distantly from seats of power
For the reasonable, the fellow-feeling.
Fairly strict, quite affable; nondescript
Wednesday 23rd June 2021 8:45 am
Saint Petersburg is enigmatic
to the average tourist, hoping,
For a quick look , and some shopping:
Sitting, self-satisfied,with an old lady
Praying before her, and Ladoga Lake
For when the Neva River forsakes
The escape of the nomenklatura
To greener, foreign upland pastures
Gunning great Zils to Finnish rapture.
Now they return, slipping in once more,...
Saturday 12th June 2021 2:02 pm
Deep Last Autumn
Deep, deep last autumn
Trees more brown than green,
Winds curled round corners,
Hedgehogs slept unseen.
Across the water meadows
Magpies caroled and sang,
Skylarks dined on stubble
And ancient church bells rang.
Up, up did my eyes explore
The burnished vault in rain,
In search of timely shelter,
And sanctuary from pain.
Tuesday 8th June 2021 1:47 pm
hit the rocks
top of the bay
time to pay
looked around me
signs of trouble
white and bubble
clear blue sky
breeze and dry
down the track
can't believe it
Friday 4th June 2021 2:59 am
The Eyes Of My Remembering
My eyes no longer what they were,
Dark shadows weave across my sight
That leave me wishing childhood's clear-
-Eyed vision's return in waking light.
My father's smile, his laughing eyes
I barely see through the photo's glass,
The washing frozen in time and skies,
A kitten plays on the background grass.
Can I wish for a ...
Friday 21st May 2021 6:55 am
So Much For the Everyday
The music of silence is the sound
Of our souls breathing.
Their slow, strongly rhythmic cadence
Is that of vigorous but frail hearts beating.
But you must listen, carefully, should you wish to hear it;
The tumult of living can easily drown and overwhelm
That steady breath until, almost exhausted,
We lay down our burden and just listen.
Thursday 29th April 2021 11:32 am
My work room,
a clutter of painting stuff:
brush jars, paint tubes,
is busy (I can see)
as the peppermint gums
that flap great fronds
over the back fence,
beating at its green metal-
“Come on, come here!”
Each place beckons;
A big square canvas,
white as new snow
on an English window ledge.
Ready for paint!
In the back corner, s...
Tuesday 20th April 2021 3:39 am
The Thunder Comes
As war begins the thunder comes
Crackling echoic to the guilty;
Ghost-chasers target single
Thick clouds, ripped in shreds,
Looking for applause from shadows.
Glowing eyes survive microseconds
In heavy heads of complacent
Sleeping bears, cockroaches continue
To ignore new, deeper darknesses.
This furnace dream soon will end...
Friday 16th April 2021 4:49 pm
Django woke slowly as the heavy dusk closed in,
Framed within a simple deal window. The street below
Began to quieten. Stray comments wafted from the inn;
Across the way drinkers cursed the gathering, drifting snow
As he lay in semi-wakefulness. The dying sun flicked
A parting salute along the cobbled roadway, her crimson
Painting its gaudy standards in fairground red. ...
Monday 29th March 2021 3:35 pm
The Dark Land
Surveying this place I tend to ponder
What it means to be torn asunder,
Divided between two unlike worlds
And no-man's land where the bagpipes skirl.
On one hand the fires burn so high
As to illuminate an empty sky.
On the other, myriad darkened places
Embrace broad ranks of fearful faces.
Their hopes serve merely to calm their fears,...
Tuesday 23rd March 2021 8:56 am
The Train Won't Wait
The train won't wait in the station,
Its four-faced clocks command
While I clatter past startled travellers
Threadbare luggage in hand.
I watch as a carriage begins to slide
And my race is almost run; oh
The Devil's work without a doubt,
A scalding in place of fun.
The scene dissolves in disorder,
The station crowd's undecided;...
Thursday 4th March 2021 2:00 pm
Hope In Any Other
Sitting outside the Welcome Break
where mental meteors abound
In armoured constellations:
Money, love, my ownliness
Lie shattered on its grimy ground.
No mask denies my consternation,
The burnt ones being still alive.
The city churns out embedded harm
At passing motorways of hopelessness;
Conveyor belts that strain and strive
To deliver start...
Wednesday 17th February 2021 12:13 am
Not Quite the Same
Move stealthy as the dusk on
cloudy, blustery days when voles emerge
and the ravens, mere black arcs,
flap dysfunctionally at receding skies.
Creep like highwaymen surprised
among discretely flowering hawthorns,
demanding instant admission
to a secret surge of beauty.
Follow as a narrow stream, emergent
from its bubbling creator, pour...
Monday 8th February 2021 11:05 pm
INTO THE STORM
I saw great billows fill and build
over verdant hills of grace
as shining songbirds danced and trilled
and the sun fell into place.
Then behold the mighty nimbus
alight in their dying flames,
strike like an angry mistress,
her thunder her crying shame.
Up, up they roiled and soared
in righteous indignation, as
Tuesday 26th January 2021 3:14 am