Though I float on surface of swaying tranquility
pin dropped among ripples
the lumbered empowerment,
words from the deepest salt an embodiment
that plumbers this Hellenic abyss.
I swam in the embryonic water of politics
drifting in calm blue
a trench of shrimp swimming beneath my mortal feet,
marooned in a sea crescendo of unequal beats.
We are the driftwood in an ocean
our destination a far-away shore,
the land is our democracy untouched by the hands of working men.
We can only dream of an alternative
deranged by the loneliness of our leaders,
in sun drenched castles made from veins of sea
we sway left and right rotting from the inside,
splinters in the bloodstream of giants
driftwood sailing towards a storm,
desecrated like fish heads floating without any gills.
Born 1971 Bristol
Poems published in Sarasvati, Roundyhouse, Decanto, The Delinquent, Seventh Quarry, Turbulence, Carillion, Square, Dwang, The Dawntreader, Cutting Teeth, Neon Highways, Zouch, Littoral, Peering Cat Poetry Magazine.
I had my first collection of poems ‘Making adjustments for life expectancy’ published this year, and I also host a spoken word evening every month held at Hydra Bookshop in Bristol UK called ‘AN EVENING OF SPOKEN INDULGENCE’. I also the co-editor of The Angry Manifesto, a new poetry magazine due to be launched 2015.
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