Carol Falaki Wirral Making the most of every day. appreciating life, friends and family. The picture is Charlie.
UNWIND Born from the westerly squall Prevails past dry desert dust Rides the wave and lightens the gull. Swells the tall ship’s sail in fair wind. Trades strength, and passes over land Bends the branches, threatens the nest. Carries the kestrel’s gaze to the submissive grass, Plays in the long field Propelled, blusters the bee. Drives the seed of the dandelion, Groans at sleeping sheep on the curve of the hill, Rises over wet slate rooftops and drops to whisper at an open window moan in the chimney’s throat and raise the drowsing embers. Grey ash in the hearth settles, still. ............ SMOKING OUTSIDE The warm air lies flat on the dusk as the sun pulls the last coral plume, to a secret place beyond the screen of impending darkness. A startled blackbird screeches for safety, hidden in a shroud, dull jade leaves breath quiet, at rest. Silently, across the low-growing ground, the soft slimy creatures of the night explore in the fading light, Gone, the fleeting illusion of a ghostly bat as midges diffuse, in the subtle smoke, there is no conquest. ........... WATERBIRTH Your crown burns like fire as you pass From womb to warm water Without a gasp Submerged, head first Eyes hidden, Your fine hair sways like sea-grass And the soft helix of your ear is born Naked on my thigh. All is still And time is measured in a breathless pause Generations seem to pass Waiting for your shoulders to rotate, Until With pouting grimace Your profile glides to view. You are familiar, I know you. A wave of agonising joy and you surge forth Ejected and expelled At once alone Separate Launched into life, at last I lift you slowly and Your head emerges From the balmy water. You take a breath, your first, And murmur sweetly, I breathe you in Gaze into the dark universe of your eyes And hold you to my breast.
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