POEMS


LIFE CHOICES

Life Made a home In a handful of dust Set in resistant ground Would the dry land Withhold consent A host rejecting This foreign body?

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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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