Sunday, May 29, 2016

Rain and Imagination

The day darkens. Charcoal clouds hustle the blue across the sky, corral it into a far corner of the universe. The first drops fall, heavy as berries. In minutes the world is a blur. The sharp edges of landscape now diffuse; what was clear is now obscure. Imagination is released.
Monet. Cliffs of  Pourville, Rain

And then there is the rain in which thoughts come clear and perfectly defined.  Each having its own orbit; delicacy its beauty, still sharp as a bullet hole.

Gustave Caillebotte. The Yerres, Effect of Rain

Tuesday, May 24, 2016


Inside yourself. In the space of yourself. Watching your feelings flying, litter in a gale, down the main strip. Seeing it all with that 'accident moment' acuity. A curious distance between you and your emotions, as close to being two as is possible. 


discarded matches on the pub floor,
reflections in gutters,
cobwebs in the corners of ceilings,
petals shed and shriveling,
railings’ wrought iron curlicues,
broken windows, tattered curtains,
carrier bags snagged on branches,
the moon running along beside me,
heron one-legged by the pond,
a glove on the footpath;

each fleck, speck, flaw in your argument;
every minute branded, second burned

as thoroughly as a pipe smoker’s match.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership

Democracy seems to have little currency now beyond being a pretext to wage war. This agreement smacks of much that I hoped the EU wouldn't become. There's a  lot online regarding TTIP; this is a good place to start.

This was posted by 38 Degrees; worth visiting at

Monday, May 16, 2016

A Bottle of Whiskey

Whiskey is my best colour.

The bright eye in the glass

sucks on grief;

still Manhattan lights   

ring the  bay below.

Stomach the needle.

The yellow meter falls;

conversation curves with the bottle

and I fly, birdless wing.

At half past three

the genie is corpsed on the table.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

A Nightmare

As a  child I had the nightmare of being lost in a forest, wandering blindly among alien-looking plant-life and slithering skulking animals. That universe is huge, and cluttered with unthinkable possibilities, almost none of them pleasant.

Where Are You.

Where are you.
Where are you child.
Among the spring green leaves
Naked as a lizard;
I hear your airy lilt,
Why are you humming.

From what remote well
Do these grotesque sounds come;
Dispatched, bleak cirrus
In the high skies of a child's voice,
Freezing all the forest
Into fairy-tale stillness.

Where are you,
Where are you child.
In what empty paradise;
Where's the tower that emits your eccentric song;
Against the frozen wings of which birds of paradise

Do you rub.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Carpet from her eye

There was a carpet from her eye,
I was fool to walk;
peacock not in the ha'penny
place with me.

She of the gold tabernacle;
I, the greedy eye,
passing shadows up the upward tail,
knowing, all the time, the blade in my wake.

Monday, May 2, 2016

For Ecstasy

He smashed his head
on a mountain-side;
fell pentagoning down;
earth exploding blossom-like
toward him.

They found his body,
knew that he had jumped,
but couldn’t find his head.
I tell you now,
his head is falling still.