POEMS


TRANSPARENT

Over the years
Our bright acrylic traits
Slide, dissolve
Pale into watercolour
Undefined edges
Fine lines
Soft colours
That fail
To arrest

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CONNECTION IN A DUTCH JUNGLE

A wild bouquet
The exotic and the plain
Loosely grouped
Watered and refreshed
In a huge glass jar
Catching the light

Timeless words cascade
Leather-bound
On shelves as we dine

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PENTECÔTE

You broke silence to speak
Through people
From the wrong side of the tracks
Using foreign words we can’t make out …

Tu as brisé le silence
Par la bouche de gens
Peu fréquentables, de langue barbare
Que nous ne cernons pas

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HOLINESS

Today this is
A barbed and wounding word
Seated angular and cold
On a shelf way out of reach
However tall the ladder …

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LOCKDOWN WINDOW-BOX

Leaves with brown paper veins
Have succumbed to dry earth
And the neglect of the sad
For months touched only
By the movement of dust
In the rays of an improbable sun

Hope hung heavy
When the world closed down

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NEGATIVE SPACE

Roadworks and the anxious
Shout of inner voices
Fills all headroom
With concrete

Absence of noise
Dissolves the mortar
Pours back the oxygen
Of liquid air

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THE VOICE OF SILENCE

There is the silence of air and space
In which breathing is a momentous act
And contemplation stretches like a long beach in the sun
Of limitless horizons

There is the muffled deadness which descends
Like the padded ceiling of a too-small room
Left windowless to the imagination
Which can no longer sing

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NAME

Your name weighs heavy on the tongue, some days
It has been taken hostage by a foreign power
And rendered unpronounceable
Light years away from those simple lines
Traced in Aramaic on red sand
That say, without pretension, ‘I am here’

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NEW YEAR

This year
May we risk believing
That old bruised fruit
Can grow new skin
That the tables in our temples
Can be overturned
Dust shaken from rugs
Threadbare and worn
Their colour renewed

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