Woodland ballet

Long limbs twisting in the dance Leafy fingers twitch and sway Poetry described in shades of green and brown Foundations burrowed deep into the darkness keeping time with the heartbeat the primal song of the earth This choreography is not measured in time that we can see but is no less beautiful and so I…

Siochana

One by one by streets and cities countries fall silent one by one turning out the lights the world waits, and wonders how long will it be until it’s all okay again   And then what? Business as usual? Back to murder and war poverty and injustice pollution and destruction Business as usual or even…

Autumnus

Spreading her cloak of red and golden leaves she comes, heralding fecundity the bounty of the good earth ready for harvest   Her cloak billows out and the trees understand mimicking her colours in the long winding down as Nature relaxes, settles preparing for bed   Bring in the gifts of God to His people…

If I were you

If I were you, and you were me things would be different, you see I’d be the one with all the clout and you would be at my mercy   You’d plead with me to change my mind I would savour your pain And pityingly, I would say … no, wait, let’s start again  …

The Knife

I never felt the knife Thin and oh so sharp elegant and shiny sliding in smoothly under the rib cage into my heart   For my own good, you said it’s better this way, you’ll see life is so much better when you’re dead   Knife comes out bright blood contrasting the metal sheen I…

Cynefin

This is the right place the place of belonging Where cool winds blow the sun is warm the land is rich   This is home and hearth the niche where everything fits all connected and connecting like pieces of a jigsaw finally whole   Nothing unnatural comes here The cycle of like is uninterrupted untainted…

Make a wish

Wish upon a falling star and peg your hopes to a flaming meteor Blow out the candles on your cake and wish on the symbolic extinguishing of flame Wish upon a first star on where your sight lands toss a coin in a fountain throw your wish in behind break a wishbone with a friend…

Night Journey on the River

We push off from the bank rowing out into the current moon is full, and high shining on the water scattered clouds skitter across the sky and a chill wind blows making us shiver wrapping our coats around us Our boat catches the current and takes us, swift and sure past houses, under bridges until…

My Dream

Everybody’s got an opinion Everybody wants to complain Everybody thinks they know better Everybody’s insane   What’s so hard about talking together What’s so hard about being polite What’s so hard about communication What’s so hard about doing it right   All I ask for is peace and quiet All I ask for is silence…

Before it is too late

A tree stands at the world’s edge roots clutch stubbornly to the crumbling cliff confronting the abyss defiantly ‘I shall not be moved’ Sun dips low, and in the dying light branches stand out clear and stark Solid and strong, built to last But the cliff keeps crumbling   Come, let us shore up the…