The sky is my bridge,
Quiet flows the streaming,
Unstoppable conveyors of
It is the weeping way
Cool flints capture blues & grey,
Quick lime horse hair seashell towers,
Earth burnished, oak boxed,
Lay forgotten translucent flowers;
Feint madrigals breathe
Words are the falling leaves,
Blown over once green fields,
From mans twisting tree,
They slip & slide through nights sheild;
Between the blinding light
Old crow wisdom might,
Love lyrical orginal magic,
Scrape and smooth the sky,
Salving tears of the tragic;
Cross hopes running lines
I have a bookcase.
It’s shallow, dark skined, breadth and depth holds the printed breath of passed ages.
Ecelectically upright, leaves open, ready reading
Adorned, once lovingly, with photographs of a lifetime, now slowly fade and gather dust.
Friendly faces smile out, paper thin, time stretched. A cat ‘King Willie’ balanced within an apple tree see’s me from his silvered frame. Babies beam. A bride flushed with a days pleasures.
A flat tin, marked ‘Gardening’, it’s contents sealed, sits where it was last placed. The mystery now lies in its next movement.
Silent faced mantle clock, tockless ticking in the drying sun, case casting seasonal shadows.
Eight leather bound and golden guilt gilded volumes of ‘The Great War’, whose contents could not ever be at greater odds. Quixotically tilting, tiny fingers of paper scraps mark pages once read.
A ball mask. A Greek vase. Tin boat. Plectrums. Finger puppet mouse, whose grandmother of pearl heart is pinned, sags to rest face down upon the dust quilted wood.
I hear the wind blow against the liquid glass. A distraction. I could swear the pottery hare blinked back
A hanging hand held song thrush,
Dry as dust blown half witted sage,
Earth bound legs knott-bolted & caged,
In shadeless thorn bush lands.
Worn and warm scented life
And placed with
Finality and love
Within the trunk.
No spaces left to fill
My fingers feel the mended seams
Folded interupted textures,
Patched and cherished.
And I am here
And, you also absent are.
Two beds. Side by side.
A silence is settling. Particles of dust, speaking a language of a long played dance, slowly spin on long forgotten songs and rising thermals.
A pair of curtains, once vibrant, now so threadbare as to have ceased to function, catch the changes in the daylight. Simple, faded, yellow patterned. Seashells. Distant memories of aching arms once hung with the crumpled and crimped fabric. These thoughts now pass.
Two wooden chairs.
Upon one; Trousers folded. Patched. Braces attached. Shirt, one, white ‘ish with cuffs worn and sleaves rolled. Wool socks, balled, soft plug worn leather shoes.
A single exhillation. Felt but unheard. How many have breathed today into yesterday?
Lips that beamed potentials, now dry. Spoke words, joined two. Joined to. Journied far.
An arm lays out stretched, a hand, fingers reaching. But she went. So they cried
When. Long time gone. Passion and life spent in full heart and heat, impercepably cooled as all things do with ages infirmity
And those particles string us together for ever. Even more so now as we unwind.
She, a pearl of light
Lays upon my land,
Caressed within waters,
Drawn through times eye,
Arrayed in beauties cascades;
In cool or heated ferocity.
A wildernesses unfettered compulsions;
Loved at the smoothed shore,
Wisdoms, frothed, and frozen.
And I, Pierced with imperfect salutations
Aphroditi Aculeata Polychaete
Or trippy tentacles?
Underneath a spiky nightie,
Lies a squirming Aphroditi
The Earth Abides
Our cells talk languages of time across the ages.
Our sad history belies the word of countless sages
Our wild diversity trickles and dries drop by drop.
And we become the devastating mono crop.
Verdant glades and warm wet earth erodes,
We the fat obscurant wheedling nematodes
Consume in weeping sliding slashed gashes,
We cut and burn and slowly drown in ashes.
Molecule by molecule we denigrate our worldly rule.
We are the greatest of the great, the ignorant fool.
Forest photograph by kind permission of JD
It was that sort of day when:
All the music you listened to on the radio sounded as if it were being played by depressed dogs on violin.
You waited for your toast to toast in an unplugged toaster. You plug it in. And the toast is incinerated. Not quite to the point of flames, but sufficient for carbonised particals to drift in smoking testiment through out your house, hours after the event.
The cat decides that what your house lacks is a bad tempered Adder in the living room. An Adder, to those who need to know, is Britain’s (exclude Northern Ireland – St Patrick got rid of them apparently) only venomous snake.
Your 16 year old daughter wants to discuss “that after the prom sleep over” with Jack (new boyfriend) The same conversation you thought had been satisfactorily exhausted at least twice before. But apparently not.
The dog thanks you for leaving the chicken to defrost at the right height for a snatch grab and run exercise.
You loose your patience with Mr Heinz Ketchup, having not noticed that the ‘anti tamper’ membrane hasn’t been removed. Verbally venting your frustrations as you unsuccessfully tried to sqeeeeeze the f**king contents from its rediculous unecologically sound stupid plastic body. And equally, you never noticed that the window, you threw the still full and unyealding bottle out of, had blown shut. But, you did become very aware. Very very aware!
The day that the £45 unpuncturable tyre on your bike split, the inner tube previously pressurised at 120 psi exploding against your carbon forks with catastrophic results. A “personal best”, “elegant dismount” apparently, so the other guys said. Or tried to whilst unsuccessfully attempting to control their mirth.
Yes. It was one of those days.
A Fathers day of a day.