The rags of time

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The guttering rain of home 

Stains my memory

Longer than churches

Stand.

Is it duty to devotion

Or devotion to duty that keeps

Me standing in this field of ripe poppies?

I don't know

How can we translate this chaos

Into words?

The grammar of suffering

Is indecipherable.

Lost in translation

Faith no longer floods my mind

My mind reminds me

That my veins are clogged with curdled liquor

And all is as it was before

Footsteps in the snow.

Leading to a locked and bolted door.

......

I stray away

From those empty promises of home

Embed myself in this fraction of a day.

Remain the same for hours, minutes, days.

Escape a jarring remembrance of a past

Too raw, too ill-begotten, for this soldier's son to last.

Christ, you send the rain on the just and unjust alike,

On our good and evil selves. You see straight into

The hearts of men and do not bend or falter.

You teach me to paint a mirage of hope

In this sandstorm of brokenness

.......

So, teach me to breach the easy lies of home.

 

 

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keith jeffries

Fri 20th Sep 2019 23:07

John,

This poem speaks for those who look with some despair on a life lived with the inability to revisit and change. Perhaps a life which is little understood. I am drawn to your words, "that my veins are clogged with curdled liqour" and "in this sandstorm of brokeness". In this poem are you searching for some explanation or meaning to a life which often seems enigmatic to say the least or even pointless? I am intrigued.

Keith

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