Mike has made this image from his photograph.I love the depth….so if I disappear…. look here!
Underneath the shallow pools lies sand
Where shells are fractured by the ocean’s blows
We learn soon what being alive demands
To bare feet on sunny days beckoned
The warm wet trickles in between the toes
Underneath the shallow pools lies sand
In whose sums is our living reckoned?
Calculation, not so bleak it shows
We learn by pain, true living makes demands
God allows the abacus unchained
To sum us up as if we are unknown
Underneath the pools, are these his hands?
Who will be allowed and who detained?
We, refugees, must come to love alone
We try to be alive, despite the pain
Our hearts are fragile shells, not heavy stones
We, soft flesh enraptured by framed bones.
Darkly on the beach we humans stand
The fretting waves cry out with love’s demand
It seemed to me my vision and my mind
A template to project into the world
Brought you into being by my side.
I miss you, love, so slow the seconds wind.
I crept into the space between the words
I made you in my vision and my mind
Is there only chaos, no design?
Are we dust around the spaces whirled?
I bring you into being by these lines
I smell your skin and see your eyes alive
I move my head but you have disappeared
It seems both from my vision and my mind
Why did all the pit props fall down blind?
I crept under black coal, with darkness smeared
A person alien to humankind
Where is my death, when it’s no longer feared?
Where is my love when no-one else is here.
I imagined you in vision and in mind
I pulled you into being, now you’ve died
I thought I had put my blog back online but owing to the conditions of my mind and the UK I seem to have become confused.I am still here!
The old man standing by me in the bank
Fragile in the outfit of beige-grey,
Looked as if the News had made him sink
In this society, he has no rank
I asked him what he thought of polling day
This sweet man standing by me in the bank
He said that Corbyn was a fool and crank
Who must drop the Atom Bomb or pay
He looked as if the News had made him shrink
He sunk into the mud, I threw a plank
I offered him a sandwich made by May
This dear man standing by me in the bank
As he walked away, he gave a wink
He may seek for a bomb with which to play
He looked as if the News drove him to drink.
I guess this country’s needs advice, so pray
For an alternative to Theresa May
I wish that old man standing in the bank
Saw the News as second to high jinx
If I’m feeling bored in the morning
If I’m feeling bored in the night
I play with real numbers
While my partner slumbers
Then I fall asleep in the light
When one is bereaved and in mourning
That makes one feel empty within
It’s painful, not boring
To hear lions roaring
Will they bite a big hole on your skin?
Fill up the sorrow with learning
For study is rarely a sin
Unless it’s just chick lit
Or a very tawdry writ
In which case, then here is the bin
“One team of psychologists discovered that two-thirds of men and a quarter of women would rather self-administer electric shocks than sit alone with their thoughts for 15 minutes. ”
How Poetry Diminished
ARGUMENTS about the decline of poetry’s cultural importance are not new. In American letters they date back to the nineteenth century. But the modern debate might be said to have begun in 1934 when Edmund Wilson published the first version of his controversial essay “Is Verse a Dying Technique?” Surveying literary history, Wilson noted that verse’s role had grown increasingly narrow since the eighteenth century. In particular, Romanticism’s emphasis on intensity made poetry seem so “fleeting and quintessential” that eventually it dwindled into a mainly lyric medium. As verse–which had previously been a popular medium for narrative, satire, drama, even history and scientific speculation–retreated into lyric, prose usurped much of its cultural territory. Truly ambitious writers eventually had no choice but to write in prose. The future of great literature, Wilson speculated, belonged almost entirely to prose.