Poetry Blog by Rich

Machine

We've all known for ages that we're slaves to

the machine.  Without revolution.  No

appreciable protest.  All of us -

pretty much - continuing our blinkered

slavery with implied acquiescence.

Outside the machine is such a scary

place.  Our machine, we know, is merciless,

harmful and unstoppable.  And so much

damage is done by our creation.  We

are the parts of the machin...

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About our world

A fight - sttruggle, battle, - whatever

you might call this thing -

this artefact of human artifice -

this conceptual agreement,

paradigm of being - this

society we call our own,

our culture,

our single, greatest achievement.

 

Get one over, do better than,

succeed despite - magic phrases

for our self-measuring cult,

our narrow world, our purpose to

feather o...

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Quiet

Far away.  Away over hills, dales, swamps and footpaths.

Lies my dwelling. My being place.

Where all me is kept.

My spiritual, etheric, foddering home.

I can't take you there - for the place is mine and mine totally.

Taking another would change the place to not me.

Not mine.

Make me pine for a place that was.

That no longer exists.

So I'll slip away.

Quietly.

And b...

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soul place

Shades of Blue

So many shades of blue cover the path

to my horizon.  Clouds shelter my spot

right now – but I can see sunshine sparking

God’s flashes away in the distance.  One

spot – maybe close, maybe far – reacts to

a cloud-break; glorious, eye-piercing sharp-hard

brilliance.  Maybe that’s you watching me,

settled on the shaded sea, showing off

you Angel status.  I remember you,

alw...

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lossmourn

Sum

Underneath everything,

underpinning creation,

something fundamental lurks.

Our minds feel that tangible

knowledge – close to faith, close to

belief – close to explicit

certainty – understanding

reality’s true purpose –

the reason behind our shared

world, planet – solar system,

universe.  Folk puzzle at

this conundrum – we feel we

should know, if only we could

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fundamental reality

Teach

Teach children to aspire, provide them with

tools to reach – strive to achieve – after all,

we inhabit a dog eat dog world, where

we all fight for everything we’ve got.

 

Teach children that success is the purpose

of being alive, indoctrinate them:

the cult of self-measurement, relative

status the principle of life on Earth.

 

Teach children to aim for goals – achieve

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live lifesuccess

The loss of human nature

I live by necessity,

I compromise my desires

for security.  Ideals

compromised for base comforts.

 

I play by rules I believe

to be fundamentally

unfair.  I envy the gulls

I lie watching at the coast.

 

They live by urge - fly here, fly

there - investigate a pile

of seaweed, take off out to

sea to sit and bob for hours.

 

I envy the fox, living

by in...

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griefhuman natureloss

Divided

I wish to be heard.  To bridge the divide

auto-ostracising me from common

experience.  Common understanding,

inclusion and collusion in present’s

moment.  I think ahead what response my

actions engender.  My words carefully

controlled, observation

based: precision vocabulary I

once envied – recycled at will,

effect calculated.  For reflection

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Phases

Phases.  Transitory time patches

Grouped or characterised by a theme.

 

A shade, a colour, a tangible

And identifiable sameness.

 

Consistent, representative.

Phase of fashion. 

Action. 

Musical want. 

 

Reflecting an idea.

Ethos. 

Perhaps belonging. 

Tribal.  Feral.

 

Perhaps marking self out as distinct. 

Separating self from the others.

 

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Time

Not on my side.  Biding.

Race against.  Relations

With time are contrary.

I’d have plenty, do what

 

I’d like; disappointed,

I must use time wisely,

Lest I run out.  Demands

On mine mean diaries

 

Show choc-a-block days, no

Time for self amidst my

Commitments.  Spacing out

Appointments, setting time

 

Aside to use as my

Own, I run short.  Only

So ...

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busydemanddiariestime

Fight or Flight

Black Dog.  Stalking me.  Matching

every step.  Haunting

my shadow.  Nanometre

before manifestation.

 

My psyche cringes.  Ruin’s

proximity creeping fear

into me.  One false move.  One

trip.  One fall.  One turn against

the flow, the stalking dog bites.

 

And I press on.   Walk with fear

behind me.  I’ve been knocked down.

I’ve got up.  I’ve re-built lives.

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Perspective

Growing up, life teaches you lessons.  The

More you experience, the more lessons

You learn, and this shapes your world view.  Lessons

Form your outlook, changing your personal

 

Perspective, as you gaze out, over your

Future, an ever-shortening view.  That

Future, the landscape of life, appeared bleak,

Featureless and hostile.  Preferring not

 

To look, understanding ...

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Tinder

Dullness quells life.  Awareness lethargy smothered, freedom-yearn tears emotion.

Boredom-relief inspiring-action search reveals apathy.

Interest-sparking idea-moment sabotaged, all activity thought-rendered pointless.

 

Turn over a rock and see what’s there.

Discovery potential begs worn-minded attention.

Creates transitory hope.

Smithereened upon same rocks.

Revealing exp...

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Trust

You.  Empowered.

By me.

 

My faith.

My hope.

My answer.

 

To your tender question.

Your enquiry,

over a metter delicate.

Personal.

A subject I hold close.

A card I let none other see.

A card that hurts,

for as long as

I hold this hand.

 

So, to play.

Show this hand.

Exposes part of me that's easy to injure.

 

A part held dear.

With ...

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fearhopeTrustvulnerability

My Head

Consciousness' stream

Batters sensibility.

Defies any logic of control.

Mind-channel's pelt through anxious nonsense.

Respite remote.

Unattainable.

Peace a distant thought,

Foreign land. And there is no place to hide.

No breakwater, behind which

cowering folk

find lulling calm.

This torrent is totality,

whose subject matter

majors upon all those memories,

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Brother

What mistake can you make that I haven't already?

Seen.

Done.

Forfeited.

Worn.

 

Your horizon's my pleasure to roll back.

Wonder at my knowledge.

Self-gained.

Now shared.

Steps taken.

 

Taken once. 

And I show you. 

Teach you. 

The way.

 

You step solid here.

Lean on this.

Grow.

Into you.

 

I see you.

Hear you.

Know you ask th...

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brothercome of agegrowing upnurture

Choices

Life stasis.  Rut. Climb out, escape

Decaying detritus.

Manifest new reality

Through positive action.

 

Hesitant.  Awaiting Order.

Unable to instruct

Self to act.  External control

Required to achieve goal.

 

Observe: written word, adventure -

Other’s experience:

Second hand life – passivity’s

Bespoke, known creation.

 

Disallow life’s victimising

Be...

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Homeland

Far away.

Beyond Hills.  Plains.  Mountain's peaks.

Across far horizons.

Way far.

Is where I'm from.

My origin.

Distant.  In time and space.

Unreachable solace-source.

Safety-craving yearns memory.

Evokes distance.

Inspires trance-thought flashback.

My homeland.

Filled with heart-sing reminiscence-provoking sights, sounds - the scent of security.

Sun-shining ...

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Titan

I sit in a Titan's clasp.

Gripped.

Locked tight.

Breaking out my only wish.

Looking through fingers.

Hesitant.  Testing.

Scared to touch.

Lest I am detected.

Crushed.

Juiced.

By titan machinations.

Timid.

I sit.

'til forgot.

And run like magic,

At freedom's opportunity.

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break freecaptivity

Dynamis

Take action.

Strike a blow.

Ring the anvil.

Pace.  Drive.  Beat.

Be dynamis.  Perpetual origin.

Chain reaction ignition.

Strike hot iron. Watch hammer-sparks ignite satellite flames,

Orbiting original impetus: You.

Gravitational fulcrum.

Nuclear furnace.

Primal energy.

Ignite your world with positivity.  Watch the wildfire.

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Second Hand Living

Four-wall safe-box secure.

Heart beating duldrum to duldrum.

The World - Beyond my door: Danger.

Other-folk.  Living other-life.

Of glee.  Fun. Friends.  Sociality.

One screen.  Glitch.  One portal-opening reality twist.

Borrowed access.

Unchecked at the door.

Unticketed.

Unpermission-beg desperation-need self-denialled.

Open.

To Closest.  Furthest.

Isolate.

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Solitude's serenity

Solitude's serenity.

Hard won.

Solace in loneliness achieved only post-turmoil.

Mind-spin thought-paths create anxiety, confusion.

Smash-render peace elusive illusion.

Prevent slow succour-drift.

 

Heart-ache loneliness from gut-yearn apprehension resists calm.

Peace in tranquility hideous-mind forbidden.

Persistent thought-loops cover unpalatable memories, memes, paradi...

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Snowflake

Tread softly, transient visitor.

Impact gently.

We are burdens, weighing upon the world.

Rest light.

Leave no trace.

 

Our networks.  Friends.   Relatives.

Support our mental/emotional health.

Our spiritual wellbeing.

Earth supports our physical selves.

Dependency-webbed, we're bonded.

 

We draw upon our networks.

And are drawn upon, testing bonds.

Some br...

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Watch Over Me

I laid my head on your reassurance.

I crawled into your lap.

Prayed for all the world.

Felt you succour-warm my life-ache.

I trusted you.  You rewarded me.

 

I miss you.

I can no longer lodge my trust.

I have nowhere to lay my head.

I hurt in small hours.  Alert for nothing.

I ache loneliness when I am tested.

I haven't you by my side.

Faith - I long for you.

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Creation's Quantum

Time took the whole.

What I thought was mine.

Swallowed up.

We share this moment with all creation.

One quantum between all of us.

Creation's quantum.

I believed experience to be whole.

I have only fragments.

And those are, at best, images and feelings.

Time eats us.

Swallows us whole.

And when all's said and done.

We leave with nothing.

Save knowing that we'...

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futilitypresent momenttime

Sculpted

Traveller: walk roads.

Wash eye's innocence in life's flow.

Erode face-gullies in time's flood.

Let years sculpt wisdom into an open soul.

Face journey's lessons willing.

Respond. Adapt. Change.

Face alternate current.

Learn.  Change again.

Be you. Inner you. Consistent.

Washed clean.

Altered.

Time's sculpture, life's subject.

Your self.

 

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Happen

To me.

What will.
What did.
How did that.

Don’t ask.

Going with the flow.
Faith in fate.  
Destiny.
Philosophical passenger-permission.

Belief that the Master Plan has a paragraph for you.
That the Great Decider has you as a priority.
Knows what’s best for you.
What you really want.
Whilst you stay quiet.
Forces the question.

Every force has an equal and opposite.
Every m...

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