…our childrens’ joy is as fresh as roses, Even the birds chatter at dawn. Tomorrow will be sharp and noisy, Like the bright spotted splash of wild flowers That freckle the shaded tawny look of ancient meadows. How stubborn life is, It clings like silver in our souls. From Selected...
Then it’s to damage dullness. To cause a tear, a slash, Some rip in the surface of things. Not damage for it’s own sake, But an attempt to sever connections, To abandon morality, obligation. To escape pattern. To reach down within the wound And grasp something of The soft visceral truth beneath. Here, illuminated at last, Nestles the ruddy glint of spiritual certainty; Sweet moments of passion and healing, Of sensual...
…have faith, Despite the cold stare that greets us every morning -Should we choose to see it. Set against the modest beauty of the moorland hills, The pale languid look of haunted men Tells tales centuries old. Poisonous stories of greed and cold-blooded compromise, Of slow and steady seduction Into a way of life fit for no one; Even the common sparrow would scorn the chance To play a part in this tepid tragedy. Hear their...
Cadences fade fitfully, Seemingly before their time. But there are echoes still, Shapes we inherit, we inhabit, we bequeath. A life, however bravely spent, Will always be jagged, incomplete, Never far away from being enveloped in darkness. Some may say, Especially those who’ve known joy in life, That this is not right. I tell you clearly they are wrong. So, just as a dancer Might spin for you an exact pirouette, And...
My poetry looks to positively explore human potential, with an emphasis on love, spiritual growth and self awareness. It is very important to me that my work remains as open, accessible and as simply expressed as possible. My influences vary from the great traditional English visionary romantics through to the distillation of thought and leanness of expression offered by the Japanese haiku tradition, the shining examples of Rilke, Eliot and Gibran...
When I write, I am looking to speak to your soulLife teaches us that wonderful moments are possible, if your heart is full
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