The folly of the climb
Black rocks gaze at the blue light
Shines through crystal glass
A polluted mineral underground
Collapsed with dignity
Under the influence of a memory.
The darkened peace continued
On the banks of our fair hill
A cough heard, a click
As the night brings on a warning
And all is silent
Oh, the folly of the climb.
Saturday 19th October 2013 1:16 am
The ways of standing and seeing
Into a mirror reflecting sky
Crystalline fractures of the moss-strewn depth
Fold throughout pattern in the sunken shaft.
Thermal power, autumn discharge
The feathers white upon the side
The stone cracked and moved with the storm
That struck seven nights back, with the tide.
A crumbling pedestal
Split looking-glass of auburn sheen
Friday 4th October 2013 3:35 pm
Ochre, ochre, ochre...
Ochre blotches, betray the dry breath
As we bring home
the August supplement.
Last week's answers, merely
bring more questions.
And I ask,
why is he so cryptic?
That which thunder keeps at bay...
A stuffed solar shirt.
On TV, the fuzzy grey cross-hatching
swathes our green
and pleasant land
(that of etern...
Wednesday 7th August 2013 10:17 pm
In the garden, the sounds are small
that take me back to fond times;
the curling up and crying crawl,
belie the screaming sighs and crimes.
When in a moral shed of sticks,
with doctors there at play with silver
metals and poison pinpricks;
I see that time has trapped me under.
These relatives, a clique of pain;
the sins masquerading as the faithful.
When they come back to se...
Wednesday 31st July 2013 1:46 pm
'I am willing to tell you this bitter tale
Though it pains my resolve to do just such
A pale and noble man was I
I thought the word was in my clutch.
'But we are foolish, as you should know
As nature's beasts we seek to discover
And fulfil, the many flaws found and shaped
Within the empty meanings of humankind.
'I stepped up t...
Friday 26th July 2013 9:28 pm
In midnight's grasp you stand before
me naked on the dew swept lawn;
limbs frozen, stiff, misshapen,
pale joints stretched, your challenge sworn.
In lunar light, your shivering
ascent on the rusted rungs builds
anticipation, from the ground;
not stopping at the prospect's thrill.
Repeat ritual, your holy hour;
eyes in rapturous ecstasy;
pointing stiff your hands outward,
Monday 15th July 2013 4:16 pm
Flying through the green-specked nether
Silent yet screaming
At one with the truth
That brought me here
That shaped and moulded me
Plugged me in, zipped and compressed
Now I find myself surrounded
By blank screens and flashing cursors
Endless rows of burning grey plastic
Surrounded by darkness.
Immersed in frustration, I stand...
Friday 12th July 2013 12:17 am
Standing on the wide grey hill
The noontide skyscape hangs heavily
Like fog crafted from artists’ hands
Cities of unease hang invisible in the air.
They pour scorn on every hope in his heart
Picturing clouds unfurling with time
And shades of black rolling in on him.
A binocular gazer, from a high window
In the distance
Watches and waits, careful a...
Thursday 30th May 2013 4:54 pm
Fade away my dear.
Fade away as you have squandered
the years that fell on deaf ears.
Old hands point to the skies
and at dusk trace circles
eternal reflections in the sea's mirror.
Separation, right from wrong
the line is blurred as sand and foam.
these tears recede, at night
leaving driftwood, still
From networks in ...
Wednesday 15th May 2013 3:49 pm
And we shall see
How these words develop
When they wrap around
The tall white spaces
Freeze-dried blocks of crystal matter
In cages our letters remain
Casting gloomy glances across the rain
The trees on fire, as are they
Who speak these words that live today
Made and given life
Now retracted, punish the crime
No-one allowed to speak their ...
Tuesday 30th April 2013 4:14 pm
Monday 15th April 2013 11:20 pm
In the light of day, that came at the third strike
Patterns of our boots etched in the mud
Like twisted leaves, a vortex in the dawn
Takes our breaths with each step
Harmful red lights glinting
Through the broken foliage, the toxic forest
Leaning in by our sides
It can't be long, I say, can't be too long
Shouts come now, from the front of the line
Monday 11th March 2013 9:21 pm
We kept ourselves here
We kept our names to ourselves
No underground features retrieved
A notion to change
Built up and blown down before it hits
The realisation of the ship sinking
Ceremonies conducted under searchlight
Beams blind our young eyes
War-rooms full of smoke and mirrors
Story from the salesman:
‘People are the same,
Thursday 7th March 2013 6:50 pm
Through the air and climbing
A mist-bound projectile
Hurtling, defying the atmosphere
Pollution in raindrops, brightening
Traversing ever upward
On this endless marked gaze
The view from the bottom, the tower spire
Toward the golden vault
We look and see
The silver beauty
The stone engravings
Blemished with moss, attached and thickening...
Sunday 3rd March 2013 2:21 pm
See rocks when running
Appearing like dark blue flashes
Skipping over wet sand
When counting these days
Seems only like a daydream
When I last climbed here
Clambered over these rocks
Up onto the hurtful grass
The stones are dry and still
Cracked and broken in fragments
Shaped in oddity, left alone
Beside there lay the gap in earth
Wednesday 27th February 2013 5:31 pm
The taste of unrequited joy
Bathe in zeppelins' beams, deploy.
Signal to the twelfth
Sabotage by stealth
Accrued thick mud under moonglow
Spent - the battalion light show.
Do not question what we mean by darkness
The only crime - there's not enough blood
Bodies our spreadsheets lay fixed in view
Monday 25th February 2013 5:18 pm
Way out by the rapeseed field
The bridge and crossing, standing stern
Reflecting in the late afternoon
The breeze lifting the haze adrift.
As the train went past, I saw the light
The endless fading words of honour
Sink or swim in the estuary
As the boughs floated, with the cracked tide.
A grain implanted in the soil
Gone back again to haunt ...
Friday 15th February 2013 1:53 am
Wet, cold, biting musk
Fire, smoke, leaves on the fresh ground
Like soggy bran flakes.
NB: First haiku on here. I know it's not the season as such, but this one's been kicking around for a while and I'd like to share it. Cheers.
Wednesday 13th February 2013 12:50 am
Slow down, it's all going too fast
This comfort, this harmony
Not meant to last.
No permanence whilst days
They keep dropping out
Lying in the barren wastes, the sun shouts.
Beads of sweat forming
Eyes rising out of perpetual hell
Into the technicolour morning.
Lizards and newts crawl beside
My shaken form
As I lie still in the dust.
Monday 11th February 2013 9:18 pm
Saturday 9th February 2013 12:44 pm
The bulk of water beneath the grey
Lights in the sky I see
They fade out from view
And only return
When the night pulls the tide.
Cascading down through sleepy thickets
A brush of rain peppers the air
On the dew-soaked stair.
I longed to shatter that haunting image
Of smoke rising beside a lonely road
On a hazy summer’s day long ago.
Talk is cheap and so are they
Thursday 7th February 2013 7:56 pm
I saw the face of a woman in the rock
It was etched into the heart of
A tall black cliff and I marvelled
For that face, was yours.
It was head-height, cold, unseeing
At the black water that gushed below
The bile of hell washed from its eyes
Like a solemn sacrifice.
It becomes a prison in my mind, but
I can only see irrelevance where
Wednesday 6th February 2013 8:06 pm
Saturday 2nd February 2013 1:45 am
Tuesday 29th January 2013 3:32 pm
Cold bites at your heels
As you walk across the bridge
Not stepping out of turn
The same mechanical movements
The grey sky breaking in two
Reflecting the wasteland below
Broken stone and overgrown
Steeped in its own failures
Back across and now to rest
By the church that keeps silent
A tower scraping the air
Watching over you, but no more
Running now, running fast
Sunday 27th January 2013 7:52 pm
Friday 25th January 2013 12:58 am
Thursday 24th January 2013 2:27 am