Jul21

Fall, dear, fall. Fall into the barricade.Hear them skittle and rise. They are beaten.They will know oneness with all, including God.They will feel the angst of border rodents.They’ve fallen in at the edges.They’ve tripped on the teetering books.They’ve collapse into the willowing misery.They’ve been reduced to anthems for romance. Yusuf Islam, also known as Cat…

Jul20

The dragon is coiled in readiness,Pointing the path to the moon.Notice the glory of his empire:Grown in heavenly gardens.But empires fall back to spring,When autumn is upon us.And coil up in tension once againAwaiting the spring release. Alexander The Great, Ancient king of Macedon, was born today in 356BC. Bruce Lee, Chinese-American Martial Artist, Actor…

Jul19

Holding the universe in his handsHe could fold it into nothingness.He could make a paper aeroplane from itAnd cast it to the future.Watch it float on shaking air,Buffeted by currents and eddies.Pushed up in the stratosphereBy columns of thermal fall out.But all too soon descent begins,With accompanying screaming,And it hits its terminus and unspringsEverything back…

Jul18

The Irony of OfficeThe meat in this dish is lust!I suppose it means we need to chew it overBefore we swallow it down.It’ll give us ulcers.It’s fatty, too, like bacon.It has the consistency of treacleAnd the tartness of unripe grapes:Shrinking and shirking.It’ll be easy to tread those grapes -Ferment them into a sweet being,Making it…

Jul17

Villanelle of Billie HolidayLady Day sang with nightingale power.Like her namesake, she picked a pocket or two,But that strange fruit would soon turn sour.She had the jazz and a voice that could tower,As she lit up the room with the songs that she knewLady Day sang with nightingale power.She saw the dark side as she…

Jul16

Ode to BeingArise in flaming triumph castTo all the folk in muddy fieldsTurning fresh land to end the fastAnd bringing forth that which it yields.The gift is golden rising breadLaid on the kitchen table spread.Their bellies call like howling houndsBaying for hunting at the strain.Their clinking knives drown out the soundsOf swirling lives down dirty…

Jul15

Love was lost and found in the tears.A painted heart, crystalising our fears.The democratic dishwashers,With Kitchener approving, clock watchersSitting in groups, their eyes wide open,Tear gas tearing them, a bloodshot token,And hands in hands hands lands to bandsOf brothers, not sisters, drifting like sands,A desert of lost partnershipsMasked by the haloed, sun-crowning eclipse. Rembrandt, Dutch…

Jul14

They called him “kid” because he talked like a child.He is child-like in his pedantics,And that’s handy for pediatrics,His crazy theatrics, sending fists flying wild.No one knew him in life: he died too soon.No one cried at his funeral, or danced at his wake,No one ever considered his actions or thought of his sake,And he…

Jul13

One half frowns, the other half grinsWe make of it what we can, but nobody wins.In the folds of my capeI feel my fallen heart try to escape.I tighten my grip on my fakest old propTo prop up the broken dolly grip’s strop.Behind the scenes he cries too,But only because he’s part of this crew.To…

Jul12

Turning, turning, thrown in anger.Burning, burning, resolving amber.Yearning, yearning, smelling sulfur.Learning, learning, cultures suffer. Josiah Wedgewood, English potter and entreprener, was born today in 1730. Pablo Neruda, Chilean poet and politician and Nobel prize winner, was born on this day in 1904.