Dusk Till Dawn, 2020
As so much lies beneath that sun
To starlight, dusk, dawn and night
Embedded in the capsules of my beady eyes
Sets stars and moon and crystal sparks.
So heavy shall I lay my heart at night
And calmly whisper in my sweet breath
That I embrace the arms of death.
Kiss my forehead and let me rest.
Kiss my forehead and give me rest.
For I shall know in this world
That I have acted my part.
And to life I shall say.
With grateful farewell
And fortuitus delight,
With all that sunlight
And that white-lit moon
I beg to differ:
“It is not too soon”.
So, give me that kiss,
That sweet kiss of death
To which I am not immune.
Embrace me stars
Give me rest;
Sunrise to Sunset
Dawn to Dusk.
Dusk till dawn.
Panic on a Global Scale (2020)
They say the birds fly South in Winter
To prosperous greens that lay beyond
That stretch of land.
Grass like fingertips to hold their feathers.
Like hands of mothers,
to cradle their young
And protect them from that brittle breeze
That scratches at their peach-fuzz skin.
The birds that fly South in Winter.
Away from hunger; cold; neglect.
Will know nothing but the sweetness of intimacy
As they peck and crow in their flocks.
Creating and nesting in that flourishment of growth.
But how wrong these birds, that fly South in Winter,
Guessed of their salvation.
As the stretch of land had grown vacant.
Bare of all its crops and gold,
With no Summer sun to bask in
And the absence of
to nurse them to health.
And soon that sunlight had scattered into night,
The remnants of that glorious blue
A thickened black.
And that warming blow of
Mother Nature’s breath
Had turned to whispers.
And final words of death.
As the poor little birds
Could not pay their vital debt
In the deserted stretch.
As Monday grew to Thursday
The gaggle had weakened
To all a little more than a dozen.
Once plucked-up hens;
finches and woodpeckers;
swallows and herons;
hornbills and geese and parrots.
And seaside seagulls,
and dainty cuckoos
And considerable cranes
Had merely become
Drawn out skin and feathers
Over bones and beaks.
No longer lifted their wings
To slumber in feathered-blankets.
But burrowed heads in plumes.
Days had now moulded to weeks;
Hit and battered like metal
In furnaces to change time’s very frame.
Food was no longer plentiful.
Seeds that had once rained down
Were now in drought.
Rations were thinning out
In perfect reflection
Of the greying feathers
That moulted like dying snow.
All the mother-hens had gathered to feed their young
With all that was left
and birds that fly South in Winter
Flocked to the chicks
And pecked out their eyes
(the seeds still untouched laid out on the bereft of life).
As weeks had poured by
That fatal flock had thinned to one.
A small blue Kingfisher,
That had plumped out to a
Roughly the size of a tennis ball.
Fat with the crops of his brothers.
Engorged in their flesh and feathers.
Bulky with the bread of their beaks.
He was rich and cumbersome
His eyes bigger than his belly.
That pluck, little Kingfisher
Was rife with loneliness.
Polluted with solitude.
Plentiful in hysterical fear
Of the empty fields and unrecognisable shadows
That granted him no familiarity,
Craving the caws and crows of his brothers
And the swift chime of their wings against the wind
As they fly home in Winter.
Little Ship (2019)
Little ship that sails off from shore
To splendid waves, that with buoyancy
set the wooden panels to the air.
Eroded and saturated in salt,
Find stars cast in high shadows.
Little ship that carries secrets;
Treasures stowed away in steepness
fill empty crates to the brim,
Only lit by thin stretches of sunlight
And blanketed in decay.
Little ship riding ribbons of emerald;
Cuts through melted glass
which splinters that timber body.
The sheet that flutters like wings
Takes the vessel through the sheen
And the wind in its mouth.
Little ship kisses soft sea foam
As it dances on the blue,
but will never reach the land
With its breaking banks
That will send it surely
To the bottom of the deep.
Little ship once a bold voyager
With battle bridges and mysteries.
Cascaded vibrant waters;
Fought storms with thunderous intent.
But was weighted down;
Sunk and surrendered to an eternal ruin.
Little ship bound your sailor
To stand with stature like a pole,
hands settled to steer
And send the Seven-Seas ship,
And all its jewels,
To a new world.
Little ship, the arms that pulled ropes
And in a cabin slumbered.
Readied East, West, North, South,
Now lies dormant and broken.
Flesh torn and gnawed by fish
And entrapped in shell and seaweed.
With the treasures lost and found
Polluting the underwater with greed.
There lies two gold coins
Hiding milky-silent eyes in death.
A fist-sized ruby on fleshy tendrils
Where a tongue once lay.
One-hundred consecutive pearls
Delicately denting into cold skin
To leave purple-green rosettes.
A Sovereign’s sceptre and rod
Gloriously reflected in daylight
Shimmering in the scarlet river
A murky cloud arises
from life’s single cavity.
How to Wake a Sleeping Lion (2018)
When dozing in the sunlight,
grass quiet with blowing soft a lion sleeps,
there on that earth so still.
Its mighty chest gently rising,
with beats of heart tuned to slumber,
boom-boom, boom-boom, boom-boom
-will echo the plains that stretch for eternity.
If you watch that there creature,
Alone in peaceful serenity
You will see no signs of stalking; preying; hunting.
Just beauty in its calmest state alive with unconsciousness,
Golden sheen of sand-coloured fur,
strands of light shimmering and shifting
In the honest breeze.
To wonder How to Wake a Sleeping Lion,
arouse the beast from waking harmony.
You scheme; you devise; you conjure up plans of
So you can delight in slaying the ruler of the natural world.
Like the Queen of the Desert, tearing her from her throne
So no more that chair of gold
To crumbled stone and rubble.
Or fire metal from a loaded limb,
stench of oil and heat,
Like you did to the King of Dreams
because he dreamt of peace.
You delight in sinister motives
to Wake that Sleeping Lion
By slicing open its chest,
Ripping tissue and muscle and bone,
Collecting that liquid value in your paper-coffee cup.
You hope to tame that mighty roar
With chains and ropes and striking whips.
Render it to forget its kingdom
To become a mockery in your own.
Convince yourself with sadistic merit
That you might be King of 'foreign ground'.
The land you call infertile, dry and lifeless
Because you don't understand its worth
In cultivation, artistry and uniqueness,
only viewing it in numbers and banknotes.
You call yourself a Prophet;
Believe you can turn water into wine,
turn eternity into a locked-gated prison.
Barbed walls of unforgiving, relentless imprisonment,
barricades of metal and wire
keeping that there lion amongst the noble grass
Now forgotten ash.
With pliers and pluckers pull out
teeth and claws.
Condemn that creature powerless
With its feline gems, diamonds and silvers
of bravery and wisdom
worn upon your neck;
calcium and brutal victory.
Shave fur to forge a carpet for your all-white castle.
Turn its mane into a ruff for your hideous gown,
its head a into a mantelpiece
For your hundred-seat table
where you will forever dine alone.
Would you go into a children's playground
With a grenade and let it splinter-off
Into their small frames?
Skin your mother, father, brother, sister alive;
smother them while they sleep
Resting on clouds to turn dreams into smokes.
Would you snap a baby's neck,
To eat from its flesh?
So why go into a lion's den armed with
binds and guns
when it rests like cherubs in a manger's hold.
Why take its roar, its fur, its pride
To govern the grasslands of yonder delicacy,
to make a replica of your artificial castle;
already spotted across the globe.
For greed, for power, for joy
To capture those you view below,
weaker than your own.
Do not come to me when you are wounded
For stirring peace into massacre.
For waking such there beauty
where it slumbered in its bed.
To expect to go into a lion's den unharmed
When you've taken its cubs; its home; its livelihood.
Lions are stronger in a pride,
faster as one.
A strength, a whole of wonder, gold, wisdom.
Man is weak together and alone with nothing
But greed at the costs of other lives.
Do not Wake a Sleeping Lion-
be gentle, protective, kind
and treat there beast with all it deserves-
with grace, admiration, with mind.
Do not walk into a lion's den
to tear it from its throne.
That lion's Kingdom is its own.
Do not steal, take, break, destroy
What earth has declared a home.
Among the black lined sky
Twinkly stars are forever shining,
Their light is so elegant and radiant
And endlessly hypnotising.
There amoung the enticing sparkles
A cold ablaze crescent lights the sky,
Standing out among the other dazzling auroras
Its eerie glow seems almost warming.
Blackened silk entwined with constellations
Holds a secret of yonder entities,
Their identities still secluded
So seen as our illusions.
The spaces between the galaxies
Possess defined planets of contrasting characteristics;
Some hot, some brisk and some too small to exist
But with one we can call our home.
To yonder beyond a beady eye
And expressions past a rearing face,
I wander across that near to ground
In search to flame out in certain place.
Chaotic as night seems with no gazing moon
There is a peering universe to spur soon.
Although I will only breathe as speckled dust
No more is my blood metal to turn to rust.
Clouds no more ceiling will be my bed
And the trickly sun shan’t warm my skin
But instead a guide for splintered soul
To carry me to where ye begin.
My energy roars as teeth shall snap and snare
To bite yet never to catch a when or where;
As to melt as gold into the crumbling soil,
then thy food will never hunger bleed or spoil.
I may as a bird spread wild and free
Or wade as fishes through waters still.
Shall crawl as insect for plant and tree
Or prance as tiger with might and will.
In truth, wherever thee ponder on vast greens
As corpse or spirit. To be in lightning beam.
I shall be and be I shall
Forever where ever lies
In that infinite cycle to seep in dreams.
“Dear My Love”, (2021)
When the sun-rays dance the ground;
sunflower-glows kissing each emerald strand,
I’ll remember your face in summer’s palm.
When rain droplets coat the gentle leaves,
atop the flourish of magnificent trees,
I’ll remember how I held your hand.
When ocean waves touch the golden sands;
softly blowing against Poseidon’s grain,
I’ll remember how close we would lay.
When critters crawls across the earth;
deep in the world far below,
I’ll remember with you I never felt small.
When winged beasts take the skies,
gliding across that forever blue,
I’ll remember how my heart took flight.
When the ground is thick with Winter’s coat;
crunching beneath with every step.
I’ll think on how we used to dance.
When cotton-candy blossoms bloom,
as spring commands life to grow,
I’ll think of each new adventure with you.
When autumn paints the world in reds,
and the winds blow their gentle kiss,
I’ll think on the caress of your fingertips.
When the night pitches its tent,
and blankets all to sleep,
I’ll think of you in my dreams.
When daylight breaks the dark,
and of all life is wide awake,
I’ll love you more each passing day.
To my oldest friend
I know that you have left me,
but you are not gone
for you sit in the tendons
of my full and open heart.