30 August 2018

earth bound

don't sing too beautifully
or i might cry
my tears will evaporate
and then they'll fly

what would that look like
a cloud made of crying?
music composed truth
sound of wind sighing

don't sing too beautifully
or i might cry
the quiet pitter patter
when good friends die

soak up the memory
the shape of their face
the sound of their voice
a familiar place

don't sing too beautifully
or i might cry
now the rain falls
and we ask why?

the answer comes later
up from the ground
we don't get to see it
being earth bound

19 November 2017

seaweed time

time rushes in
time rushes out
pushes me around
like seaweed without
a rock
to hold on to

getting to know each other

so then
try to understand this
no one will love you
more than yourself

and no one will love you
less for failing
to live up to
your promise

because everyone
is just like you
getting to know
each other

22 October 2010

block splitter

this is the block
that i split
black is the mark
where the blade hit

where violence
released beauty
and the grain
whose duty

is to carry
the water
from the bottom
like a porter

to the top
and the leaves
but not now
and it grieves

me a little
that my warm fire
means that this tree
will no longer transpire

19 October 2009

holding hands

you cannot do
any more than this:
let the earth hold you

when you feel the soil
the sticks the stones
the grass
under heel and
between toes
you know you are held

i am the earth
i hold you
in an open hand
my valleys and hills
guide your way

your family and friends
they are the earth
let them hold you

when you feel the embrace
the cuddles the kisses
the hands
within hands
between eyes
you know you are held

i am your husband
i hold you
with an open heart
my love will
guide your way

life had worked out

there was no resentment
from the others
even though
they had taken
a harder path

they were happy for me
that life had worked out
i was married

they were my brothers
my sister
they looked like me
and i felt guilty
that i had taken
an easier path

my adoptive mum was there
and we all chatted

now i have two families
and i could see
that for each of us
life had worked out

hard rubbish collection

there is
out the front
of every house
a public display
a mini-monument
of wastefulness

washers dryers fridges
everything must go

and no-one
seems to show
one ounce
of regret
of shame
of embarrassment

we deliver
gleaming white appliances
direct from the shop
a hole in the ground

it is time
to repair
what we have broken
to share
what we don't need

emergency contact

on a form
for a fun run
i wrote down
all the usual
date of birth

i rushed through it

then i stopped

after being alive
for thirty-two years
after going out with you
for two and a half
and after a few seconds' pause
for the first time
but not for the last
i write your name
as my

07 February 2009

where things come together

a sea breeze will come
and lift your face
into a smile

and while
you're searching
for the point

on the horizon
where things
come together

hold hands
be peaceful
this is the way to go

19 November 2008

paper weight

bundle up the burdens
of the world
and use them
as a paper weight

prop open the door
with your worries
and let the breeze
dance on your skin

when your mood lifts
the papers flutter and fly
and you go out
after them

21 October 2008

shady cloud

if i re-arranged the clouds
would you notice?
would you say
hey, that wasn't there
or wouldn't you care?

if gravity was reversed
and you fell into the sky
a fluffy cloud caught you
would you wonder why?

if gravity got stronger
and you melted to the ground
and when you evaporated
would you hang around?

like a cloud that hovered
and resisted the wind
or maybe you
couldn't be bothered?

but if you stayed
there'd be this little
bit of shade and
i'd stand under you