Poem: 1944 – 1954

I almost died in vain In Normandy, where cider apples green, Shell-falls lay, and only blood was red, And friends, like children, played at being dead. A bitter game for those who died in vain. I almost died in vain, Ere this decade of decadence was seen, And Worse, I almost died in vanity Thinking […]

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Poem: A Love Poem

Our kisses are those of children, Warm, and sweet, and innocent. Yet they express a trusting love so deep, so delicate, Its poignancy might be destroyed by cruder passions, Lost in the seething selfishness of lust. But there is the paradox. How do I rein my strong desire to give all that is me? To […]

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Poem: A sound slides down 

A sound slides down the surface of the morning rippling the stillness marring the perfection Yet even dissonance is harmony of a larger patterned day The veils of change obscuring Essential Rightness And the Brightness Grows the more for seeing unsought Lighting the dark corners banishing the shadow ghosts of fear By Harry St. Vincent […]

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Poem: Apaciblemente y con Làstima (Esperanto)

  By HARRY ST. VINCENT BEECHEY Translated by ANTONIO DAMARKO   Apaciblemente y con lástima Hago lo que debe ser hecho.   Las elecciones inevitables permanecen a la espera Con su doble filo reluciente y cortante Listo para morder la iricis profunda conciencia.   Una plantación. Un caracol. Según aplasto la delicada espiral No castigo […]

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Poem: Autumn Day

  Can this be an autumn day? The sky a balmy blue. The temperature in the twenties. The breeze Warm and confiding Not even whispering of winter. And the leaves Smug eucalyptus green Have no intention of changing colour To the rich gold-brown of autumn Of show-off Pommy trees. And does this mean, This metaphor […]

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Poem: Ave

  The bell is cracked But no matter Thou who do not hear it Would not come   And the stained glass windows Are stained indeed And glean of red and green Cast pools of colour in the dust   And pageantry and promp Have grown too pompous And the fat priests Are old men […]

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Poem: Beware of the God

  He sat there Obese and benign on a tiny stool Positioned with care near the intersection And he settled himself Arranging his rags – setting up the cardboard sign Beginning his ritual Conducting the traffic lights. – He limbered up with a snap of the fingers And GREEN became RED. He smiled and nodded […]

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Poem: Bubble

  A bubble is burst. Where now the rainbow people Who shone and glowed within its walls; The two-dimensional iridescence Who mingled end flowed And reflected an ugly world distorted but beautiful, Who twirled in a dream world Coupling, Coalescing, Mingling their colours in beauty end light. The Fuzz have busted the pad. A great […]

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Poem: Bugger the Limit!

  “Bugger the limit!” The young man said as he pushed his foot down to the floor. His Porsche was doing a hundred and ten and still, he was looking for more. The policemen were sitting, bored, in their car, which was partly concealed by a tree. In the lap of each cop was a […]

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Poem: Business as Usual

  The sun is shining still And people go about their business As though nothing has happened. Children laugh – Birds sing. The paper was delivered as usual. Extraordinary, the Ordinary, Despite everything. And I – who have lost a love, Whose world is upside down, Am surprised to see it right way up.   […]

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Poem: Circus

  Sawn in half! and in her prime too! A shocking affair. Zoltan the Great has freely admitted it. Pique Pure pique At being relegated from the centre ring. Forced to do his act At a double disadvantage Whilst aerialists swooped Oohs and Ahhs from the crowd But not for him And his girdle was […]

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Poem: Compassion

  Pitied be a Ginsberg, howling of a hipster hell And a thousand solutions in search of a problem   Pitied be the Hippies, hallucinations in squalor Expanding the mind not minding its expense   Pitied, the straights whose jackets are tighter   And pitied those who think   Pitied be the babies, who smile […]

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Poem: Connection

  Conducting a sexperiment (Strictly according to Masters and Johnson) He keeps an anxious eye on his meters and dials. “Love” he says, “My darling dear” (Verbal stimuli are an effective aphrodisiac To the female psyche) “My sweet are you sure, Quite sure, That all your electrodes are properly attached? Because, Lover, Sweetheart, My readings […]

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Poem: Cramped Hermitage

  We scuttle sideways through life Seeking a larger shell. In growing, our comfort zone Becomes uncomfortable.   Our Opinions, once so accommodating, Restrict our growth, Cramping our burgeoning self, Stifling our new ideas Like shoes too small for growing feet And we, constricted, Develop calluses on our consciousness; Constrained by lack of space.   […]

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Poem: Cranswick

  Now is the line of Cranswick Once more assured a place Ensuring perpetuity Lasting continuity Continuing Humanity Rodney’s only vanity A son to save the race.   Nor, shall we grudge his triumph Sons are wealth indeed What joy equates paternity I grant perhaps maternity Collateral an eternity Keeping strong the breed.   And […]

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Poem: Crowd Scene

  A shot rang out; And the crowd moved; making a dark and sullen sound. HUBBUB? RHUBARB, SUBURB, RUB ALLUB, BAH SEELUB, AH UB A HUBBURB, And its fringes drew back like singed fingers, Leaving a crumpled thing Clutching the reddening ground, And a shriek seared the silence that fell As the soldiers slid forward […]

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Poem: Daguerreotype

  Faded sepia A frame of grey cardboard Age-speckled and smelling of damp Discarded Destined for the dustbin But Wait Dust away the mildew Look closely at the subjects And wonder Two figures – posed In the unnatural postures demanded by slow exposure Flinching at the flash of magnesium The young couple – engaged at […]

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Poem: Dracula

(aka Browning)   How sweet she seems, how virginal in sleep Her raven hair a swirling pool of night Outspread upon the pillows pallid plain.   And how her peeping shell pink extends these And loves the shadowed column of her neck.   Oh that neck, how soft it seems, and warm. Warm with the […]

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Poem: Ego

Galaxies endless, Stars beyond measure, In orbital cosmos circled and spun And infinitesimal, briefly existent Winked a star, small and yellow, the sun And fluke of infinity, motes round a candle in orbit elliptic, the planets flew by The third from the centre wreathed thinly in vapour Is the earth, blue of sky For all […]

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Poem: Endings

  Beginnings are different. The Hope, the Newness, the Unfolding; Sprouting shoots greeted by spring sunshine; The thawing of ice, the greening. But Endings? The unacknowledged inevitable, For all things must end, Are always traumatic. The initiator has anguished; Waking at four in the morning, Running scenarios through the mind, Role-playing the final rejection. And […]

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Poem: Entropy

  You can never go back. Lost faith, lost love, lost innocence. And Christmas is never quite the same Without the belief in Santa. Humpty Dumpty was never mended after the Fall. And yet we build again New eggshell castles in the air. Leaping arches, flying buttresses, And lacework traceries over windows Overlooking faery gardens. […]

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Poem: Episode

  And after a while lie got up and saw his shoes neatly side by side SIGNIFICANT   and put them on his quiet eyes watching watching his deft fingers dancing with the laces And SHE came in speaking words to him with her mouth but he saw only the folds of her dress and […]

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Poem: Epistemology

  Well wadaya know, the egghead, here Hey brains make with the spiel, Hey guys crowd round and meet the prof He’s out of sight for real   For real? Reality, I fear Is something I have sought In life and nature through the years And gives it much thought.   I’ve learned to classify […]

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Poem: Escape

  How sweet it is to dream and let The turbulence of life go by, An islet in a river set, Watching the scudding clouded sky. Fern fronds trailing fingers wet Reach out to touch a floating spar Incuriously, for such things are.   How sweet, with reason left behind, To feel the wind in […]

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Poem: Familiar

  Familiar as the touch of a loved one’s hand The smell of Liver and bacon The scent of evening roses The taste of Chocolate Of rich red wine And the sound Of voices Known by Cadence and Tone Belonging, unmistaken, To all that is uniquely bound By memory to the personal past That cements […]

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Poem: Finesse

  I decided, not to rape this virgin page With crass obscenities, (So much, Alas, in vogue) But merely to seduce it a little. To explore its erogenous zones Hopefully – Gently titillating – With a ballpoint pen. And the thought struck me That ancient poets always used a quill. A far more suitable instrument […]

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Poem: Gently And With Sorrow

  Gently and with sorrow I do that which must be done. Ineluctable choices lie in wait Their double binds gleaming and sharp Ready to nip the toughest conscience. A seedling. A snail. And as I crush the delicate helix Do I not punish it for my future crime Of eating the lettuce? Or, neglecting […]

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Poem: Gestalt

  And meanwhile, back at the ranch There is congruity – as in all things. But we, in our unidimensional One-thing-at-a-time linear fashion, See only the chain of events. Each forged link binding us to history. And we think One-thought-at-a-time That things are thus and thus – in logical causation. Splitting the rainbow into seven […]

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Poem: Gift

  In compassion I give you silence My most precious gift. No words White black or brindle No multi-hued verbal psychedelia They are the wrappings To be torn To be thrown away Discard them! For you have wasted forty thousand years Engrossed with the packaging Driven to paranoia In attempting to decipher The label. Unwrap […]

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Poem: Grey Dawn

  Grey dawn on empty marshes And the plaintive cry of a lone bird pierces the chill. The mist whisps upwards to a rising sun, Smelling of seaweed And licked lips are as salty as tears. Hands deep in my pockets I turn my back upon the whispering sea And think longingly of warm things: […]

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Poem: Haiku

  A flash of lightning. A tree leaps from the darkness. Gone, it is still there. A jewel glistens. Rainbow fires, red, blue and green. It is a raindrop. Where are all the dreams Of our hopeful tomorrows. Lost in yesterday. The waves on the beach Speak angrily of a truth That no one can […]

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Poem: Hampton

  On my first night there. The R.S.L. Signing me in with grandfatherly pride. Tattered remnants of old Christmas decorations stir limply from dusty rafters. An architectural monstrosity Early Scout Hall, Clusters of cronies prop the bar and past presidents, in faded gold, challenge the Roll of the Fallen. He proudly displays Australian disrespect for […]

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Poem: Hazel

  We laughed at your funeral And you, silent in your white coffin, Would have laughed too To hear how you lived again In die fond memories of your friends. The anecdotes of an outrageous lady Who lived and loved and laughed her way Into our lives Were the echo of a world Now forever […]

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Poem: Incommunicado

They are of very little use, you know, These words – these images. And yet we still try to communicate the ineffable.   Face contorted with effort we make sounds. The dumb speaking to the deaf who strain to hear. The mind’s eye purblind as we seek to twist the murky mental mist into a […]

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Poem: Infinity

INFINITY Vast, Vast, Vast, it is, Nullity and Emptiness, Immense and empty space beyond the Stars, Gold, Gold, Gold, it is, Void and Chill and Matterless. Old, Old, Old, it is, If Age there he in Timelessness. Dark, Dark, Dark, it is, Lightless, Lifeless, Meaningless, Black, the empty space beyond the Stars. H. St. Vincent […]

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Poem: It is harder for us

It is harder for us Self-alienated by artifacts Surrounded by Things Concreted imaginings But In a brushwood hut on a misty mountain And willows drooping And stark bamboos Thrusting to the sky Or bending to the wind With freshet streams feeding the waterfall A half-heard thunder Minute droplets Breeze-borne Softening the air There Where the […]

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Poem: Joy in the Morning

(1989) by Harry St. Vincent Beechey   Dark lashes lace her eyes in sleep. Her lips, downturned in dream, Belie the tranquillity of her face. I brush the kiss-curl from her forehead And gaze upon her beauty.   Scarcely breathing I watch her in wonder The smooth brow, Even the laugh lines that light her […]

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Poem: Judo – A Sonnet On It

Judo is a gentle art, I’m told. An art which trains the body and the mind, Uplifts a man, and helps him live a bold And fearless life, wherein the wise may find A freedom from neurotic introspection. There you will find us, building strength and will, In glorious action striving for perfection. Seeking ever […]

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Poem: Kurkl

  O strange and savage blade, What alien mind Devised your cruel curve. What use to serve, What purposes to find, And for what nameless horror were you made.   I heft you in my hand, A sentient thing, You twist within my grip. However held, you slip, And turn for a downward swing, Strange […]

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Poem: Labels

I tied a label on it Robbing it forever of its Godhood Rendering it invisible beneath the layer of semantic paint Guaranteed indelible. Midas-like I am accursed And every wondrous Suchness touched by my thought Becomes a noun Forever lost to me beneath its name. The purity I glimpsed is now obscured By the golden […]

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Poem: Lament

The gulls are crying again And there is little I can do To assuage a grief so inconsolable. A handful of bread taken on the wing Or fought for In a savage, pecking, squawking scrimmage Serves to distract them for a moment From their wheeling, keening sorrow. But all to no avail. They ride the […]

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Poem: Lassitude

HO HUM! another weary day Is done and past recall, And I, too tired for sleeping, lie And watch the shadows on the wall, The shadows dancing on the wall.   My muscles, tensed with toil, relax, Albeit slowly, as I find That worried thoughts no longer tax My peace of mind, My precious peace […]

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Poem: Love Poem Two

I have a prayer that sometimes in your dreams Caressed by a warm and gentle air Laden with the scent of flowers Dreaming that you dream You conjure up a phantom lover And he Noble as an Elf-Lord Is there at your command To pleasure you in every subtle way That you have long desired […]

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Poem: Manifesto

Fear us! Society – We are the Changelings! And you are right to feel uneasy. For we are NEW. Rebels there have been – Revolts and Insurrections And Wars – civil and uncivil. And you have played that game and know the rules And take measures – and usually succeed, or fail To be replaced […]

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Poem: Missing

Something is missing There in the gloom. You’re patting your pockets, Searching your room. You’ve counted the children, Called each by name. Whistled the dog, and Checked if he’s lame. You’ve unpacked the shopping, Put it away. Binned all the rubbish. And called it a day. But there, in the darkness, Unable to sleep. Unable […]

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Poem: Musical Interlude

How to begin Ah yes — a violin And its fellow the cello Playing a simple air Two octaves apart And as a base, the double bass Supporting a pyramid of sound. And Oh, an oboe Big brother bassoon The cor anglais (The English homing in again) The wood-winds blowing Heralding an autumn. Bold as […]

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Poem: Nature

by H.St V.Beechey   Nature’s red in tooth and claw Or so the poet said. Suggesting if you mess with it You well may end up dead.   The jungle teems with bugs that bite Its streams are full of leeches. The seaside has its perils too Despite its sunny beaches.   The great white […]

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Poem: No Sanctuary More

Seek no more a hidden place, No more a veil to hide your face, No hermitage in which to hide, No secret place wherein to bide; There is no sanctuary more. Run no more in panic flight, Nor shun the world in foolish fright. Hope no more that you may find Sweet escape within the […]

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Poem: Nostalgia

The scent of daisies: And I am a child again, Lying on my stomach in the grass, Watching the teeming earth with eyes That haven’t seen it all before. The sky, A bluer blue than older eyes can see, Explains infinity. A half-heard tune, and old emotions rise, Catching the throat. A half recalled regret […]

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Poem: Nothing Personal

It’s nothing personal I’m sure it will come back to me In a moment Just who you are, and where we met And when it was Maybe ten cars ago And fifteen homes, and twenty jobs. And who was I then? What life style did I favour? And did we share a pad A friendship […]

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Poem: Poem to a Poem: A Sonnet

Oh artful group of words, where lies, your charm? What makes your victims fall beneath your spell? Lifts them to heaven or casts them into hell And fills their soul with passion and alarm.. How do you sooth the sick and ease their pain? How do you stir the young to martial strife And justify […]

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Poem: Refrigerator

O.K. Sit there damn you! Squat and solid in your suchness Humming quietly to yourself In an unknown tongue Smug in your being Thinking yourself so clever Refrigerating. But I know something you don’t know. We made you – Do you hear? Well maybe not I Not I personally But someone did; Some man Some […]

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Poem: Scent and Taste

The smell of toffee warms the heart With memories of childhood days Before the taste of Caramel A more sophisticated smell Taught us more elitist ways. Vinegar, so fierce and tart. Will cause saliva glands to flow And pickles tease the tastebuds when We eat them and go back again And watch a new addiction […]

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Poem: Sea-Side Mum in Winter

SEA-SIDE MUM IN WINTER Inside, the children play the game I bought Suitable for ages eight to eighty. Outside, declined as a player – do I seem older than eighty? I walk the deserted beach – sleet numbing my face Like grief. The tide has left a scum – a dirty bathtub (And I’ve told […]

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Poem: Search

Sorry, I’m a stranger here myself. I can offer no help to you in your search for identity. Turn new left if you will; or right, right, right, right round in ever decreasing circles, following anxiously in your own footsteps, looking for a leader as stupid as yourself. Follow the middle way (if that’s your […]

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Poem: Squeal or Fry

  ‘Squeal or Fry’ said the senator Squeal or Fry, “Not I,” said he “We will not lie,” said she “We’d sooner die”. – Save them said the people Give us hope That justice is not dead “Show Mercy” said the Pope, They are Red! said the senators They’re better dead! – The voices of […]

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Poem: Stars

How great they are and terrible, In unrelenting light, Aldebaran and Sirius, Betelgeuse and Regulus, Rigel and Capella, The awful stars of night. And each a sun to dwarf the sun, And each a sun ere life began, And yet some small presumptuous man Has Named them one by one. For naming them is taming […]

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Poem: Still Life

An apple – a pear – a wooden dish And one flower, lonely in a vase Is still life A frozen moment of eternity. You need only to look to see A shining live apple. Look very closely – Look At the ruby red richness merging into the acid green. The highlight of an unseen […]

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Poem: Stress!!!

What is this thing called stress? Everyone is suffering from it. Everyone is under it. It causes things, Is the result of things, Creates itself Spreads like fire But more silently. Those under it cannot escape without The help of others who see. The seers are mediums – They contact the cause, They Converse, Illucidate. […]

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Poem: TCL-TCL

TLC-TCL Maybe I love you too much! I love the sight and sound of you I love the taste and touch I love the scent of you And the movement My senses are swamped by you And I am undone. But what of the male stereotype? The sexual dominance? The aggression? How is it that […]

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Poem: The Dance of Life

When I was born so I was told My mother danced to the sound of the polka A 19th century dance in double time Two beats to the bar was my birthing rhyme I arrived on cue and cried in time And of this dance no one could fault her When I was a babe […]

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Poem: The Dispossessed

1. Two – A gull’s eye view A boy on a board A drunk in the dunes Alone with the sea and sand and sky And their stories – Two Effects of a cause But let us pause Turn time backwards half a day Backwards say To when he picked him up Thumbing a lift […]

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Poem: The Edge of Nothing

I stood on the edge of Nothing And gazed at the emptiness within. I found it difficult to believe That Darkness is the absence of light; Cold, the absence of heat. Can it be that Light repels a massive and encroaching Darkness And warmth drives off insatiable Cold? May the light of Love defy dark […]

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Poem: The First Man on the Moon

“I am the first man to stand on the moon”, he cried, His voice, cradled in air, to his helmet tied. And no echo came from the mountains towering high That reached black and white to the star-strewn sky. And the dust slid round his feet, none rose In earthlike cloud as he scraped his […]

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Poem: The Gay Wedding

THE GAY WEDDING The ceremony itself was rather queer. A general exchanging of rings. The gaiety a little forced But all the conventional forms closely observed. The speeches: “Not losing but gaining a son” “A toast to the bridesmen” “May all their troubles…” (But that was too much, and in very poor taste). A quick […]

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Poem: The Guru

I, your Guru Have nothing to offer you. NOTHING! NETI! NETI! No self to give. No concept of you To offer it to. NETI! No hope and no despair. No Birth, No Death No knowledge, no ignorance. NETI! NETI! No love-hate, good-bad, short-tall, great-small dualities. No fictitious polarities. NETI! No Isms and schisms. No drug-induced […]

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Poem: The innocence of Childhood

  The innocence of Childhood The Trust, The Belief The pillowcase at the foot of the bed. Awakening, the prodding foot Finds Proof that the impossible is real.   And the child defies the scorn of older children for Dad says it is true And SANTA’S Presents were there there in the pillowcase, there at […]

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Poem: The Lost

There’s a great grey plain where lichen grows, by the sun unkissed. And amorphous beings unanswered call, from out the mist. Here lies no fear. What use is fear, to those beyond despair? For even Tantalus had hope. Prometheus yet may lose his rope, But here’s no light, no hope to fight the dullness of […]

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Poem: The Old’n

On my first night there. The RSL. Signing me in with grandfatherly pride. Tattered remnants of old Christmas decorations Stir limply from dusty rafters. An architectural monstrosity. “Early Scout hall”. Clusters of cronies breast the bar And past presidents, in faded gold Challenge the Roll of The Fallen. He proudly displays Australian disrespect for rank. […]

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Poem: The Orchid

THE ORCHID Delicate, exotic, the strange orchid entrances the mind With colours and curves that twist dimensions. The eye, deceived, deluded, turns the tormented vision Inwards to infinity. And there, in the depths, lost in the darkness Of flowing forms, one ceaselessly searches The meaning of existence. And echoes sound from a Bach fugue, a […]

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Poem: The Point in Time

I am back again, but I don’t know for how long. The pencil and paper are here as promised so I will begin. Maybe this time I will succeed. God knows I hope so. My mind is quite clear and I remember everything. It is insidious, this New Age stuff. As a philosopher I should […]

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Poem: The Snow Clad Wood

Strange it is, and quiet. The pendent icicles, agleam with inner fire, shame the winter sun, and great smooth masses of unbroken white soften the shadows. The dreams of sleeping trees take substance and pervade the air surrounding them, until a dome of iridescent beauty forms, takes shape, reflects the inner loveliness of things to […]

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Poem: The Unborn

We, the unborn, [Heap curses on your heads, Men of the age of Madness. Hope of the the future stillborn, Blighted fruit of your dreads, Posterity accursed are we, To centuries of sadness. – Small was the thought you gave To us, the men of tomorrow. Five thousand years of grief are in your seed, […]

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Poem: The Well-dressed man

He was there, of course, at the Races His clothes murmuring quietly of Saville Row. And later, at the Ball, resplendent in tails, Diamond studs gleaming (but in the best possible taste). And at the Garden Party Where we finally lost patience And squirted him in the crotch with a garden hose Making it appear […]

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Poem: The Young’n

By H.St.V.Beechey   I babysit in the soft warm sand.She runs about on sturdy legs.Perhaps she is sitting me—I do not run much any more.She calls to me. “Great-grand-papa!”Each consonant crisp as a race-caller.”Great-grand-papa. Come quick! See? What is it?”Creaking, I answer her urgency, to where she squatsHer attention pointing out the tiny creature. Once, […]

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Poem: Three Muses

THREE MUSES. The silent voices call again, The voices heard in childhood dreams. Promising, entreating me to hear The rich wild symphony of starlight gleams. “Come listen to the moonlights mellow tone, The dark bass of the crowding hills. List to the oboes in the wind, And xylophonic notes of evening’s chills.” “Can’t you hear […]

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Poem: Threnos

Men fear wit. A case of biter bit, Causes distrust of it, The subtle pun, The simple man, will shun Wary of hidden fun. For who may know, How far such fun may go And mock the listener if he be too slow. […]

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Poem: To an H-Bomb Scientist

TLC-TCL Maybe I love you too much! I love the sight and sound of you I love the taste and touch I love the scent of you And the movement My senses are swamped by you And I am undone. But what of the male stereotype? The sexual dominance? The aggression? How is it that […]

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Poem: To An Unnamed Island Continent

TO AN UNNAMED ISLAND CONTINENT Plain upon plain upon plain Distance has no meaning here Marked out neatly in anthill monuments to nothing. Saltpans dreaming whitely of long dead seas Blunted mountains conceding slow defeat to erosion. And yet Here on the coast Crammed into their five cities The newcomers vociferously proclaim the name “Australia” […]

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Poem: To Edith (no. 1)

TO EDITH (no 1) What can I say? That I love you? You knew that already. That I love you enough to lose you? That is closer. I thank you for all you have done. I thank you for your gentleness, your patience, And your soft mouth. I thank you for your tolerance of an […]

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Poem: To Edith (no. 2)

To Edith. (no. 2) I lost a love, and I was lost. After the numbness, the disbelief, Denial and anger, I found myself again, or so I thought, I found another. But how much is my need? How much my fantasies – projected on another. How does the arrogance of “I Love you” Demand a […]

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Poem: To My Bath

Subtle temptress, white of form, Alluring in your veil of steam, Smiling white enamel gleam Hinting of a friendship warm. Tantalising, playing the coquette Repulsing my advances, as my toe, Timid as lovers touch, would know Your mood, You hotly chide “Not yet” At last relenting, your embrace Stimulates, then soothes to rest. Secure and […]

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Poem: Two Work Poems

TWO WORK POEMS. 1. Mantis. The forklift driver mounted the back of the mantis. It raised its arms in ecstasy to the sky. “Watch Out Vic I” t warned him. “Don’t get too involved. “You know what the mantis does to her mate!” 2. Strange Journeys. The timber warehouse, the smell of pine and I […]

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Poem: Viewpoint

He entered the railway carriage – The Newcomer. Placing his attache case on the rack. Seating himself delicately His fingers nipping his trousers to preserve the crease. And they regarded him The Travellers Bored by the long haul from A to B. A morals charge, mused the policeman. But that was reminiscing. It’s allowed nowadays […]

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Poem: Vision

As I sat quietly by the fire I had a waking dream The whole wide world before me spread, I saw the living and the dead, Massed like a mighty choir Pass in an endless stream. And loud so loud, their voices rang Each voice so loud and clear, And youth and joy in descant […]

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Poem: Waterfall

On a mountain far away Where little streams combine to grow Together, from their interplay A mighty river starts to flow. Quiet at first, through grassy meads And then a gorge with craggy walls Constricts and narrows there, and leads The river to the awesome falls. Confused and angry waters roar And, unsupported, leap in […]

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Poem: Where

Where can I buy Some rose-coloured spectacles, To hide from my eye, The madness of man. Where can there be A place where atrocities Don’t call to me Of the badness of man. Each, in his way, Thinks himself justified, And night conquers day In the sadness of man. But one day the weak Will […]

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Poem: Windows

The moonbeam probes the arrow slit. Searches the ruined keep to find Nothing within – Not even a ghost. The squadron of fish, in close order drill, Flits to the right in perfect formation Indifferent to the porthole Of the sunken troopship. Graffiti scrawled, the whitewash Obscures the window of the empty shop And the […]

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Prose: The Lost Verse

THE LOST VERSE There was a verse I never dared to write, My love, O my poor lost love, When first we met so many years ago. I gave you verses then, of love, of hope, Voicing our joy as we discovered love Rejoicing in each new gift as we unwrapped our presents As we […]

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