Ghosts

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They walk with you

In friendship’s shade

Through pastures green

And cloistered streets,

Beneath its veil,

Its velvet cloak,

Ice fingers coil

Around your soul,

They sense each thought

Each virgin breath

And hold each pulse

Within their palm,

With empty eyes

They watch your days

Hold memories

In candle’s flame,

These ghosts you’ve known

For all your life.

The Whaler

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Tired timbers creak

Like ancient bones

Beneath my feet

Salt-soaked and swollen

Old man’s eyes

Watching the swell

The rise and fall

Of shark-toothed waves

Which crash against

The fragile vessel

Which holds our hopes

And carries us ever on

Our endless search

The girdle around the Earth

Which we traverse

Our fears masked

By necessity and emptiness

Searching for the wake

The blowhole spray

Which lends us hope

Of our return to shore.

Sleep Well

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Sleep well, my friend, sleep well,

On this, your last of nights,

And dream yourself serenity,

Safe passage to the light.

Sleep well, my friend, sleep well,

My whispered words, ‘goodbye’,

A planted kiss upon your lips,

A closing of your eye.

Sleep well, my friend, sleep well.

My parting wish for you,

For we shall never meet again,

In sorrow this you knew.

Sleep well, my friend, sleep well.

Pictures

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Pictures fall from silver screens

Like petals from my heart

Images I cannot hold

More precious now

Than day’s first light

Whose frost-kiss chills my cheek

Lost effigies of futures which

Will never rise

And warm a distant heart,

I hold them in my hands

Like tiny creatures

Sacred, fragile, pure

Whose naked trust slips between my fingers

To melt upon the ground

And disappear to reverie,

Phantoms whose expressions sweet

Conspire within my dreams

Make mockery of wakeful time

A fantasy to feed,

And as like flakes of snow they fall

I catch them in my heart

And clasp each one with loving hands

These pictures that I hold.

 

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.