I saw your face

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I saw your face
In the marquetry of time
A place that I would stumble upon
And I knew love was real.
A tiny scratch
A touch that felt so true
A wakening kiss to all things new
And I knew love was real.
I felt your breath
A stirring in my veins
Bring Spring where Winter once did rule
And I knew love was real.
And in your eye
I saw my life’s design
A pathway from dead frozen days
And I knew your love was real.

Black Car

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Black car pulls slowly away

As silent as dreams

As long as memories,

Ambitions boxed

And locked inside

A shell that will not crack,

Turn cartwheels to the sky

Remembrances that never were

Or failed to stain the page,

Machines still whir

Grind out their song

In towers that reach cloud high,

Ledgers empty, stony, mute

Leave no trace no mark

For those now gone.

The Things You Said

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You said

Love will never die

Behind the disappointment

In your eyes.

 

You said

Hope will always rise

Beyond a black horizon

Only night.

 

You said

Tomorrow would be fine

As we slipped beneath the blanket

Of your lie.

 

And now we seem

To find ourselves

Looking to the skies,

With empty eyes

And silent mouths

To never question why.

And now we seem

To find ourselves

Lost inside our hearts,

Softly sighing

Slowly dying

No reason and no part.

 

You said

This would never go

Just hold tight to the rope that

Moves so slow.

 

And now we seem

To find ourselves

Looking to the skies,

With empty eyes

And silent mouths

To never question why.

And now we seem

To find ourselves

Lost inside our hearts,

Softly sighing

Slowly dying

No reason and no part.

 

You said

Love will never die

Behind the disappointment

In your eyes.

 

And you said

Tomorrow would be fine

As we slipped beneath the blanket

Of your lie.

 

Borrowed Time

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Some say that the old ones are the best.

Others that they are merely the oldest.

This ‘song’, which fell out a drawer recently, belongs to the latter.

The melody shall remain locked away.

Ran on down through the night

Passed the high shot pusher on the corner,

A hundred hungry faces cried

A thousand tears of sorrow.

 

Saw the lost on the pavements

Met the all-day fallen on park benches,

Watched the closing of cafes

The all night sanctuaries.

 

A street light lit the alley

Old man crying in the gutter alone,

Hollow girls in the doorways

Promise of escape for some.

 

A wallet slips into the night

A thousand hands reach for offering,

A knife shines in the road

The broken hearts reach out.

 

Night time lovers flit across the sky

Don’t hear the dying breaths downtown,

The misplaced and abandoned

Souls that can’t go on.

 

The downtown joys of such men

Can’t feel the pain of life,

Too many broken hearts

Which live on borrowed time.

Thoughts of Other’s

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Collecting lines

Like fallen needles

Discarded

By aging pines,

Each one placed

Upon the page

With random care,

Deliberate

As if it belonged,

Jostling neighbours

Each one pruned,

A wild garden

Of wilder, disparate

Thoughts,

Thoughts gathered

From minds

Whose visions stretch

Beyond our reach,

But define our days

As if we ourselves

Had spoken.

In Blindness

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Like owls convened in parliament

We stare up at the stage

Slight of hand and trickery

A miracle for our age,

Misdirection smoke and mirror

Smooth hands which lie with ease

As we hear what we wish to hear

Turn blind eyes to the tease,

And with our hopes and hearts still bared

We reach out for the word

As soft you tie the blindfold tight

To truths we never heard.

In Hope

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Again there was no warning

As huddled in our shell

We turned our eyes towards the skies

To take the fear away.

 

Those we trust and those we hate

Though ill-will we have none

Move us left and move us right

To pass the time away.

 

Fires burn within us

As fierce as those without

For futures stolen from us

And childhood stole away.

 

Your barren desert trophy

Reward for what you sow

The rape of all your greed can see

Can’t take our hope away.

 

Ocean Eyes

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I kissed your ocean eyes

The bitter tang upon my tongue

A thousand years of loss

Strewn like shingle

On the shore

Beneath my naked feet

The eggshells cracked

Like hearts and bones

Shards of time-numbed pain

Their scratches faint

Cliffs rose monolithic

Faces lifted, gaunt, taut

Corpse-eye expressions

Lost to gloating

Granite skies

Beach dogs comb then cower

Turn their bleeding ears away

A shrill cry lost

Above our heads

A wilfully chosen curse

And as I turn and face

A ceaseless pounding tide

Assassin’s hands that pull

Erode the things I know

I kiss your ocean eyes.

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