Friday, 21 November 2014

6 pm

If there are brambles
snaking forbidden paths

yellow marigolds
and lost islands
in green channels

if there are misty hills


red wine
and midnight rambles

and there is
still a six o’clock -

then his face
will light
with a smile

because all good things
happen at this time.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Wandering Again

I’m wandering again wearing my old coat. Holes in my jeans.
The soft shoe shuffle.

Mist in my room. Rain on my pillow.

The green river carries ships and birds.
Leaves of red and yellow.

Hat on my head.

It takes a while to get there.

The have you done this, have you done thats until I finally let go:
travel backwards, forwards in time.

Fool that I am
for forgetting
such a simple,
complicated thing.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

The Black Cat (Part II)

A path of silver
through the snow.

A black cat turning
in waves of dark,
rivers of light.

Reflections, refractions
of mirrors and moon beams.

An avenue of black trees
reaching for the cloudy sky.

Shall we put down these old books and follow?

Monday, 3 November 2014

The Lost Scarf

For a long time I wore a scarf knitted from the perfume of the old country:

flooded lanes
blue flowers
and rainy clouds.

After twenty summers
I lost that too.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Riverside Dreams

For three nights in succession the mirror of sleep has been broken. 
The dreams and reflections it reveals shattered.

No reason for it
as far as I can tell.

No cats shadowing the windows,
no crow-bar burglars
prising the doors.
No ghosts creeping my stairs.
No skeletons rattling the latches
or dreams turning sour.

The moon started it but that’s all over now.

Two o’clock and I wake in blue light
to find sleep has packed her bags and gone.

I take a daily walk by the river than runs through the city park. There are some fine trees and the grass rises and falls in pleasing shapes. The path is strewn with yellow leaves. The willows and chestnuts drape the walkway and brush my shoulder, head and face.

Polished conkers lying on the path. In homage to the inner child I fill my coat pockets with them.

They are still there now wrinkling like someone who has stayed too long in the bath.

My favourite bench is the one closest to the water.

But today I can’t sit here.

An old man sits on the graffiti: head slumped as he resists or welcomes an afternoon sleep, his long white beard flowing down into his grey raincoat. Tufts of white hair on his head. The soles of his boots laugh in the breeze as a tinny voice comes out of an old transistor radio resting on the bag by his side.

A voice that lulls him into riverside dreams.

In the shards of the mirror
past and future

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