Poetry

Vulnerable

Posted on May 24, 2018 in Poetry

Vulnerable heartWhen we wore skins close to our skin, clothed in danger faced and overcome,
When darkness meant crouching at cave-fire smoke screens from ravenous roars and biting cold,
Did we bare souls to each other beside our visceral vulnerability?
Were our hearts as wildly wide as uncertainty of being?
Is it brick box borders and interminable light
That have shaped us to shun the shaky and unsure?

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Grandmother Bird

Posted on Mar 27, 2018 in Poetry

Bird goddess by Susan Seddon Boulet

Bird goddess by Susan Seddon Boulet

We share a common ancestor
You and I
And I wonder if that’s why
My shoulders shrug in memory
Of their once light burden,
My dream-self fit to fly.
Isis on her feathered throne
Unfolded to the wind and sky
To mourn her loss
And fan Beloved life aglow.
You fix me with your lively eye,
Head a tilted query,
And I taste your sharp instinct.
Do we down the earthbound in you?

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Light language

Posted on Feb 20, 2018 in Poetry

Light languageYou ask what I do and I struggle to structure a sentence

That condemns me to a single cell existence.

Those stakes lie smashed and splintered behind me

And I move through a land of disclosure.

Hard nouns and verbs won’t grasp the sum of anyone,

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What the alder said

Posted on Jul 25, 2017 in Poetry

What the alder saidI’ve always envisaged this poem as a children’s picture book. Maybe it will be one day…

“Let’s visit my favourite tree,” said the girl.

“Hhmph!” said the dog, through his favourite toy.

They walked their favourite path to the stream.

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To be or not to be

Posted on Oct 31, 2016 in Poetry

Hamlet (Kenneth Branagh)In trying so hard not to be
That which I wish to avoid,
All I have known and felt as
Hurtful
Painful
Isolating
Challenging
Unloving
Unpopular
I can deflect.

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