The mind inhabits every body cell
When we’re tense the mind is tense as well
Thoughts are strangled choked the mind is crazed
All our body cells this crush obey.
Suspicion narrows eyes. And purses lips.
As we tense, the mind itself will shrink
Turning violent, hearts attacked by pain
No good thoughts are nurtured by this strain
How can we relax and trust once more?
The war dead moan, the Jews scream, Ariel roars.
Feel the pain precisely, let it go
Warmer heart remember there’s no foe
Turn back, live again, he asked of me
Do not wander in this darkness anymore
One false step might give death victory
We are each connected to that tree
The sunlit top, the roots hid in earth’s floor
Come back, live again, he asked of me
While we live, we’ll live with dignity
Not scrabbling for the gold in blood and gore
One more lie will give sin victory
The kindness of the golden light was clear
And left an image in my mind’s deep core
Come back, live your life, he then soothed me
Do not wonder now why you are here
We’re here to live and living shall restore
What our suffering self has found so dear
I had never seen the Light before
Only Christ the Tyger with his roar
Come back, live through pain, he asked of me
One right step will give love victory
The beach between the low tide and the high
Treasures gather on the pale washed sands
Driftwoodshells, remorseless is the sky
Adults play for safety staying dry
Lightly loved the children’s little hands.
I don’t like the raw sand of the dunes
The tide fling salty water to the sky
Smashing shells make modernistic tunes
Creation and destruction undismayed.
Co-creators in the healing seas
All the laws of gravity obey
Inspiring music as the waters breath
.In between the silence and the song
The pity of the heavens in mercy hangs
We lose our health we lose our lovers friends
Death comes slow but faster at the end
Now we can’t afford to use the lights
We feebly rage against the coming night.
Once our life expanded as we grew
Every year was filled with actions new.
Marriage job promotion travel fun
We never thought that one day we’d be done.
Who can fight against the dying light?
Once so strong and fierce your heart gave up
Oh my love I miss you in the night..
Filled with sorrow, we must drain the cup.
Aging is like dying everyday
Slowly slowly each life ebbs away
Those I thought were friends now slide away
Hiding in the shadows with no light
No mirror can reflect the sun today
Maybe it’s my eyes that cannot see
Blinded by the shock of what I read.
I thought that we were lovers you and me
The looks and glances, what you nearly said.
As for all the others let them lie.
I shall not hear their words my ears are shut
My heart has shrunk, and slow the time goes by
I feel the knife blade but I cannot cut.
Do not cast your friends off with no word.
We do not like to feel the world’s absurd
It’s been too quiet in Europe for the men
Testosterone urges them to fight.
Some fight with their fists and some with pen
Some cannot enjoy the peace, trust men.
Mindful meditation, comes again
A few hours more and they might see the light
We’ve never had true peace it’s just a sham
The restless peace in Europe troubles men
In the heat and madness trees ignite
The fields are burning but there is no crop.
The widespread paranoia must be stopped
The fewer our possessions are, the better.
If you have no bread you need no butter.
Turn away from Envy Use your will.
If there is no illness there’s no pill
Comparisons are painful to the weak
If you and rhey persist the outlook’s bleak.
Be grateful you can see and feel and taste
The wonders of perception go to waste.
When we lose a sense we realise
Nothing can replace our ears and eyes.
Adding more possessions makes more work.
In the maze of choice do not get stuck
In the empty space perception grows
Lots of weeds or just a single rose
The music of the fountain in the pond
The warmth of July sun on face and hands
How you liked sit here for an hour.
And how you loved the shrubs and little flowers.
I still can’t be here without feeling sad.
And yet inside my heart I’m also glad.
For while you lost your appetite for food
Sitting in the courtyard did you good.
And when the little tulips shared their heads
Your joy was sweet, my lover oh our bed.
When you were too weak to hug me more
The images of tulips through me poured.
I close my eyes and see them once again
This helps me survive the grievous pain.
For joy and woe are woven and are one.
The fabric of our life can’t be undone
Water can’t be tortured as it’s fluid.
0h every living creature has its bounds
Only God is infinite in size
Though as a still small whisper he’s been found.
When enraged, our hearts turn hard like stone.
Who wants to live like that for very long?
As if the heart itself was just a bone
A heart without a feeling or a song.
Life and love require a softer heart
We may be tortured by the devil’s Kin
Hope and faith aren’t measured on a chart
Nor do they lie inside our precious skin
The Russian madman starts uncivil war
As we are part blood we’re not immune
As we are part flesh that can be pierced
Our heart will dry up, lose its inner tune.
Humans birds and animals have flesh
So unlike rivers they are put to death
OH GENTLE LIGHT: Poems for the end of the year https://amzn.eu/d/hnulkh9