~ Inspired by and dedicated to my poet friend John Magpie Congreve – a seagull by any other name.


As he walks the grey rain-slicked streets,
steep scaffolding – Sycamore trees,

runs fingertips across railings,
barbed metal; embroidering leaves.

Young arms outstretched turning circles,
two-tone gull in the ocean’s breeze,

chimerical brushes painting
beauty over urban disease.




Filed under Couplets, Poetry

6 responses to “Livingston

  1. Brendan

    Beautiful sentiment — that a gesture of ecstasy or innocence or praise can gild the moment. And you do.

  2. Thanks once again Brendan. My friend that I wrote this for hasn’t seen it yet, I do hope he likes it.

  3. sweet dedication, your poem rocked.

    invite you to join poets rally week 40…
    simply visit me for details…all submissions are to be represented by the end of the week.
    Happy Writing.
    Looking forward to seeing you share your talent with us.

  4. I was instantly trapped in the genious of your line: barbed metal embroidering leaves – How many times have I passed rusty old iron gates and barbed wire, with shrubs or vines growing through them, and never once did it occur to me that the man made metal was embroidering the leaves – I always saw it the other way around. This is astonishingly, eye-openingly wonderful. The recipient of this poem should feel honored to have such lovely, vivid images dedicated to their name.

  5. Very very Intense!
    beauty over urban disease.. any day!!

    wishing you a blessed weekend xox

  6. Kay Salady

    Ingenious writing. There is a lady blacksmith in the city near me. I thought of her work as I read your lines. It’s amazing how simple words, so perfectly arranged, can paint so many lovely scenes within the minds of your readers. Ah, the power of the pen! You own it.

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