The theme of circles goes deeper - yin and yang - the circle of life - the unbroken ring - eternity......
If I look too deeply - it's the way things are and I won't change any time soon. For me my work must ask questions primarily of myself but we all struggle with the same universal issues at one level or another at some point in our lives. If I'm wrong well - tell me so - I'd welcome your comments and thoughts on the matter.....
I‘m clutching at receding shadowsReaching back through time
To the years that passed
In a loving procession
Genuflecting to a fleeting momentWhen I freeze-framed your beauty
And hope shone within me
Like a palindrome of the sun
I can no longer feel our songIt’s insufficient to hear it
So I listen over and over
In willing supplication
Searching for youUntil my ears ache
Until my heart pounds
And my thoughts derail
I’m trying to experience youTo break through the eclipse
In the core of my being
And let the light flood in
To see your face in my mindRecreate your touch
On a warm summer’s day
When love was the game I played
A half forgotten feeling remainsLocked in the vault of my heart
Like a fake antique painting
Masquerading as a grand masterI willingly commune with the past
That surrounds me, unaccountable
Like an unfinished symphony
Your picture becomes memories
From the abyssal plane
So real I can taste them
In bland consolation
I’ll win you some day, over the rainbowPetition the silence until you repent
And admit you were swayed
In that prefect sunlit moment
Forgive me goddess my human frailtyAs I kneel before the feet
That once graced a marble plinth
I’m responsible for placing you hereBeyond the soiling finger prints
Of supplicant desire
I whitened you until you outshoneThe feeble midday sun
But you failed to bless me with increase
Instead visiting my base soulWith a secular disease
And I ceased to be a believer
Now I return to the shellMy shallowness has left
And cry out your name
Knowing the bridges have been burnedAnd your immortal back is turned
So I bring no gifts or sacrifice
I approach this sad and ruined placeWith a new reverence for the divine
Amid fading memories of your face
Now, the fun thing here is the first poem above starts with 'A' and the second 'Z' so there's a whole world in between...
The more things changeThe more they’re the same
Perfecting the circle
An unbroken ring
Round to the start
Back to the end
Out of the frying pan
Into the fire
Leaving a hole
Simply a hole
Nothing at all
Where it should be
You’ve asked the question
Asked what it is
Had the round conversation
Studied the ring
A circular system
The depth of the void
The answer lying
In the centre of things
A rotating ring cycle
An eternal wheel
Devoid of substance
What the answer can’t be
Some of the world inbetween is dark and some light so I'll finish with a bit of fun.....
If I kiss times full lipsAnd venerate the stars
Will I get to row my goddess
Down the red canals of Mars?
If I win Saturn’s glowing ringsPlace them on her slender fingers
Can I get walk her
Round the gardens of the sun?
Will we dance togetherTo the music of the spheres
Riding on our moonbeams
‘Till morning light appears?
Will the polar caps of planetsBe pillows for our heads
Or should I stop my dreaming
And live reality instead?
I'm looking forwards to giving birth to Circles.......
Well, that's if for the moment I look forwards to meeting you at another poetry event soon
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To be identified as the author of this work.