Poem: In The Twilight Before Tomorrow

In the Twilight Before Tomorrow When I hear you whisper your visions, promising a million vivid memories in a finally-unfettered future, I feel a completeness, a release as of the dawn peering between mountains, while behind us the gulls cry their morning songs of freedom. I don’t remember ever saying hello, but I know I […]

Poem: The Frog Garden

Along with the poems Black Horizon, Do You Remember Those Words?, Hollow, and You Don’t Know I’m Leaving, this poem was written in May 2015. The significance of the frogs is personal and is the last psychological scar of that time which I still feel slightly, but which, I’m sure, will eventually fade to nothing. […]

Poem: The Darkest Tower

The Darkest Tower Small things creep, unsettling dust as they crawl along threads on this web of the lost. A captive, I listen, shackled and bound in desolate despair, silently praying I’ll soon be found, bitten and stung and finally devoured, freed from the pain of my darkest hour. Skeletons embrace here in tragic repose, […]

Poem: Hollow

  Hollow I had a life before you, of course, but let’s not pretend it had meaning, nor suggest it possessed purpose. Decades marred by sin and shame, empty achievements, ambitious failures; these are the tools that carve the hearts out of hopeful youth, and forge the mold from which hollow men are made. Long […]

Poem: Sacrifice

Sacrifice Do you need me to carve out my heart at the altar? Will you lead me to the cliff with your secret hymns? Would you ask me to crawl through a broken land, weeping? And do you want me to cast my beliefs to the winds? Well now, I might just give it a […]

Poem: I Will, I Promise

I Will, I Promise I’ll tidy your room, I’ll weed the garden, and I’ll smell your perfume without begging your pardon. I’ll vacuum the floor, I’ll feed all your pets, I’ll answer the door and I’ll pay off the debts. I’ll love you in small ways, I’ll sing you this song, I’ll be with you […]

Poem: Take Me Home

This is just a simple, little ditty, really, but from the heart. The interesting thing is that, since I wrote it, line 6 is no longer true, and soon will be doubly untrue.   Take Me Home Take me home that I might be embracing one I long to see. Once all was lost, now […]

Poem: Arrow

Arrow An arrow can not alter its course once loosed. Control is lost. It soars onward to its target, or it falls short. I lived in a quiver until I matured, then I sailed the sky. Guilty of dreaming, of daring to live, braving a voice against the wind, I cut a swathe with razor […]

Poem: Do You Remember Those Words?

A bit bleak, this one, but it was, after all, written in April/May of 2015 when a certain wound was new and fresh. I am, of course, long over it now (I’m sure you’ll be happy to hear), but, pedantic as it may be, my sentiment about ‘forever’ must remain the same. It’s also important […]

Poem: Between These Walls

Between these walls the days stretch silent; no staccato of laughter as you land in my embrace, no crystal tears trailing into the crook of your smile. There are moments beneath the barrage in the obsidian hours when I hear a ghostly whisper before descending into dreams, pursued by phantasms of you. You may be […]

Poem: The Waiting Room

The Waiting Room Here I sit in the long pause between one life and the next. The room is pitch but for the washed-out light of the monitor before me. Rain lashes the window, whipped into a frenzy by the crafty gods of Christmas, juxtaposing the tears that flow freely down my cheeks. This was, […]

Black Horizon

Fans of Edgar Allan Poe might feel a little reminiscence with this small poem. This is the first of my poems shared here which doesn’t feature in my first (and, to date, only) volume of poetry. Here’s Black Horizon. I hope you enjoy it. 🙂   I imagine that this is how it must feel […]

How Will I Go?

Will my heart fail suddenly with no real warning, lacking such decorum as a by-your-leave, or will my demise creep with casual mocking, as brain and frail body are gnawed by thieves? Perhaps a knife blade thrust by a loved one will serve as my curtain call, or a blunt, heavy object cast without heed […]

Could Have Been

There could have been a song for you, whoever, wherever you are; a memory shared, long forgotten, its absence ever-present. Days spent wondering where you went, if you were ever really there. A time when love with your illusion promised to last forever. Marking time, pretending love would return from some secret place. But it […]

Late

A tattered soul wanders through the hushed town at night, drags her heart round her ankles, keeping far from the light. Forgotten between fingers, an empty bottle hangs loose. The wind gusts, it slips free from a nail-bitten noose. Her steps trace a spray of tears with forsaken slow beats, to the black hill in […]

When Your Eyes Close

When your eyes close for the last time, when your heart beats its last retort, when your lungs inhale no more air, and when your brain thinks its final thought, this is when the universe comes truly to an end, this is when reality has no more cards to send. What happens next is not […]

The Wrong Side

The wrong side of the station. The dark side of the sun. The far side of the mountain. The B-side of your song. The cold side of the doorway. The inside of the cell. The west side of your story. The blind side of my hell. Once side by side we journeyed as friends through […]