The Tea Room

A cup of tea beneath a burning lantern

As large moths circle erratically with grace

The walls left blank for our imagination

Scant particles of wonder now made complete

A strand of light caught in a spider’s web

Elaborate dragnet for tiny aerial creatures

Reflecting prism trapped within sticky fiber

Your ancient heart held in broken windows

Created beauty made richer for the viewer

Revealed with dust and portrayed in time

The poetry of passion painted with grandeur

Reciting each verse in your divine theatre

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The First Step

I used to go to work every morning by nine

Packed lunch in my rucksack

Mobile in my pocket

Both there to keep me connected.

After my daily journey

Up and down the same road

I would wonder about the challenges of life

About chances not taken

Paths not walked

And contemplate where I was headed.

I followed by heart

I forgot my head

I lost my curiosity

Left behind all my security

Followed a dream

Listened to a quiet whisper

Took the first step

Out of the boat

And walked on the water.


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Autumn Eyes





in circles

as amber leaves

in drifts of cold rain

dance on the swirling breeze

I in crimson light will

look into your eyes

leave the future

to itself

and trust




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Far Away

Pale sunlight washed over the rooftops

The bitterness of winter had dragged on

For far too long.


A symphony of birdsong welcomed the day

The fresh smell of damp earth filled the air

Breathing new life.


Leaf buds in the hawthorn bush were fatter

Rows of golden daffodils reflected the sun

Heralding spring.


Happy laughter could be heard from playgrounds

Filling the breeze with instant inspiration

A new place to live.


For all the iron Victorian reproduction

Of street lamps and vibrant hanging baskets

Home seemed far away,


In a terraced house

In a seaside town

In a faded photograph

In childhood memories

In a heart that never grew old.


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I Wish

I wish the world was smaller

Had fewer rules

So I could

Turn into a bird

Fly free in the sky

Over land and sea

Kiss the breeze

Enter the open window

And wrap myself into you

Drawn into you

To feel your breath

Caressed by your whisper

Nested into your embrace

Held tight by your love

Gripped by your grace

Where I belong to you

and you belong to me


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I have know the lost grayness of the day

As darkness clouds every empty chilled glass

And each closed thought convinces me to pray


My eyes are heavy with deep blue rivers

For crystal drops defuse the mellow light

Beyond the limit of endless wonders


I count silver stars as I pause and roam

Into a journey embraced with your grace

For it is love that takes the dreamer home



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Violet Shadows

Violet shadows

Windows warn

Ghostly moths swarm in expectation

Dancing on the edge

Summers forlorn moon

Steal the light

As rust on branches

Crackled and burned

Mauve petals of twilight


The threshold of the moment

Crimson legends of the night

Scarlet and golden

Steal the dawn

Perishing candles flicker

The mirror holds the presence

And the stars are hidden

Lost forever in

Violet shadows.


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In a weak chain of concealment

Matters squared with your fraught conscious

Especially when you consider the years

That held each fragile repentant silence.


To allow yourself to accept forgiveness

As the hand grasps every hint of commitment

Consider every silent act of repercussion

And cling to each moment of reassurance.


For with the gift comes personal humiliation

You never bargain for all encompassing comfort

As you receive the grace you have encountered

And kiss the silence of flourishing endurance.



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Every Word

The smile is not a smile

thoughts shaped into words.

For sharp curves and deep grooves,

reawaken old fears

and the meeting of lips

Every fleeting breath

knows the joy of wonder.

For drifting songs sung in a symphony,

speaks a forlorn whisper

and heralds the promise

Crueler than any letter

Ablaze with desperate rage.

For passionate nails and scarlet scars,

kindles a last sacrifice

and we cry at every word

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The Day I Left

The day I left there was nothing left to say,

The sun was shining from a clear blue sky.

I hurried through the large wooden door

I keep my eyes looking straight into the answer

In my mind’s eye I saw the empty room

In my heart I cried the song of separation

For my feet carried my guilt, my condemnation

For I didn’t want to admit all was broken

At last I could be drawn into the light

At last I would end the past in that moment

The day I left there was nothing left to say,

The sun was shining from a clear blue sky.



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