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Solaris


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Shiver-watching:
 

his body rises from the
slow water
++++++shaking,
 

sweeping sou’westerly
lifting salt beads
from his skin.
 

I lie
pale-golden
+++++++and glistening
+++++++++++++++waiting
 

for his feverish tongue
to slip
across cooldamp dunes.
 

Stem arced,
aching for the crest
+++++++++++I realise
 

it is not he
who has ascended
to burn above me
 

but I
who have tipped towards him
 

as naturally as the earth tilts,
+++++++++++++++++seeking
its sun.
 
 

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The Lady of Shallot


 

A curse to see the world in metaphor?
Ripe shoots that claw their way from molten womb,
unfurling from the crumbled, peaty gloom
 

and ushering bi-lingual semaphore.
Hard facts harangue A. fistulosum’s tang,
pale membranes peel, reveal a juicy core.
 

As Allium lays waste to mordant Rheum
our verse soars from the vaults; sweet metaphor.
 
 
 

~ My apologies to Messrs Tennyson, Waterhouse and Prater. Tennyson and Waterhouse for nicking the title of their poem/painting (albeit mis-spelt) and Prater for bastardising his Octain – I’m calling it a Dectain on account of each line having ten syllables instead of eight.

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Rape

Fields of Rape Brassica napus in Pembrokeshire South Wales
 
 

Bucolic plates shift,
seismic thrift
grips,
 

rips growth from womb,
bride from groom.
 

Gimlet-eyed
and pinned to granite
 

the earth
quakes.
 
 
 

~ Posted for Earth Day 22nd April 2012

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the secret life of trees


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

nascent honeysuckling babe
catkin velveteen murmured ripple
rosehip nipple
 

naive milk-bathed melody
harmonic lilt of newborn crush
 

crushed
 

broken, rooted, steeped in scraith
charred, scraw-clawed ascent
scraping cobalt canopy
 

corkscrew willowed silhouette
seeking beams and
warmdrench summer rain
 
 

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