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unborn

truly, i wonder where the roads end and where they begin, / almost as a rush of tides, sweeping all forward and aft, / in and out of reach…

good poison

trilling, the birds are trilling, / half the night turning, / eager for the morning, / relentless new beginnings, / eager for the rain. / a…

i am in darkness, i am in the light

the winter guns report, the distant shoot goes off / like fireworks. / seismographs would chart the bodies dropping / from the sky, / a s…

colourblind

i don’t see colour well, / things merge, and uncertainty is born, / uncertainty all along. / the choice becomes obscured / by the lac…

new poetry

the new year began, / and with it isolation. / my own pledge would not remain, / to myself, or this name. / i declared i would write new po…
mist II by uncleblack

daylight saving

reduced to their bones the trees rise, / with new unburdened vigour, / they shake their fists toward the sky. / the seasons have restored t…

drowning

the leaves underfoot like a golden cushion, / remnants of life, uniform and / scattered thick. / the wind has thrown them down, / some bef…

diary

i do not keep a diary, / no lingering over time, / and the gradual slide away from me. / just a few words, as reminders / of the air we bre…

walk III

I walked this evening / in the darkness, / alone. / soft treads broke the hush, / aware faintly of the distant road. / vision returns gradu…

woven

like mysteries, / the unfinished words of song, / unspoken words of love. / all of the light of day, / woven into me, / a woven man. / we p…

solemn journeys

the autumn colours rise across the land / and they make my eyes beautiful. / the flocks of partridges run ahead, / comical little legs prop…

unwanted caller

it was the sound of the wind that stirred me, / low pressure arriving in the west, / hungry air was sucked into the ground, / as autumn lai…

be brave

i love to watch the flotsam and jetsam, / as it rides the endless wave, / the relentless push and pull, / the whims of the moon. / when i c…

serenaded by the flock

distance takes the traffic sounds away, / away from here, and from the scene / the encroaching dusk is crushing day / into the horizon beyo…

lift

soft belly rumbles, / the turning of the day, / the things that I desire, / have never seemed further away. / muntjac buck skips into the t…
ragged and royal by uncleblack living the dream by uncleblack treetops by uncleblack apple blossom by uncleblack into the light by uncleblack

unworn

it is a beautiful day, / the mown acres shimmer, / dressed in the floating haze. / we cannot see them, / but they are up there, / thick cro…

enclosed

i saw the couple / hand in hand, / leading the way. / he with those missing parts, / that keep him seperate / from us. / her with yearning …

don’t cry

the spine of the world, / soft buckling, / bent under. / remote cove, / only woken by the hiss of sand, / retreating sea, / the rattle of s…

the groceries

it was a spiral, / the water had dragged itself into itself, / and was pulling itself under. / all the while the hoverflies, / and attendan…

spiritual famine*

hardly a whisper of air moves through / the sleeping room, / these hot days really take it out of you. / we struggle with our dreams, / at …

follower

gave up the ghost, / moved unseen from place to place / and from post to post, / ran my hand along the wire, / raised my eyes up through th…

the bleak

elusive light, / come illuminate my eye, / for darkness is, / at times, / my brother, my wife. / yet darkness not of / death or dread, / j…

sleeping season

the buzzards are so high i cannot see, / lost in the vortices and dreams, / circling in groups high above the trees, / surveyors of fields,…

good year for the bluebells

i was humbled into slumber, / barely able to open my eyes, / the oilseed rape stretched out forever, / blistered yellow acres rise. / the n…

future winter

there will be a day, / it will be one day, / the light will be unchallenged, / through the hedgerows / all along the old lanes. / I will se…

I wonder

I wonder if the stars will shine over me tonight, / if their light will illuminate my skin, / will the half moon soak up the last of the da…

towards

nothing exists, / or appears to, / in the space above, / rising up over / my head. / towards / towards. / no mass or form, / no shape, / ju…

spring remedy

woke in the night to the sound of rain, / distant thunder and wild illumination, / restless drumming of hearts and thinking, / softened by …

tree II

their song is as young and old as i, / mesmerised by the leering sky, / i fade away in the fullness of time, / like a feather, or a brushst…

delicate

the tiny hairs on your arms / on your face, / microscopic movements, / responding to the air around us. / a baby cries out for mortal futur…

goose pimples

early evening lightening, / winter surrendering, / casting off the soft chains, / relinquish our bindings. / lay down and feel sleep come, …

finches

the finches were gathering, / day was pondering upon itself, / the sky was a gentle bruise waning, / soft blues, soft grey. / i was gatheri…

done

some stones have yet to be thrown, / and skimmed across silent pools, / then to sink to the bottom, unseen. / some hearts are yet to be bro…

old ways

you had such warm lips, / almond eyes. / sometimes you took me away from this, / those were good times. / i could feel your body move / und…

unfrozen

from space my shape would not exist, / only the light that i emit / would find its way out, eventually. / your frangrance tinges memory, / …

enriched and balanced

the subtle movement of the flesh / the warm blood among the bones, / how tiny triggers are each fibres song. / mute explosion, / and the bo…

creep

funny how the seasons creep, / how the night has hung wet / around my eyes, for weeks and weeks and weeks. / how the dark sweet solitude, /…

place of dreams

under the cover of day, / and the sliding edge of night, / there is a place of dreams. / the cities burn, / and dams burst, / flocks and he…
through the trees by uncleblack

up

in places the edge was almost worn away, / the frayed tufts of grass / nodded and dipped in the breeze. / in the mornings the dew hung off …

sleight of hand

Bowie slips out of sight, / we all live beyond, / and I suck the air out of the room, / by being. / beautiful morning is coming, / I can sm…

the essence

it is gradual, such as the retreating ice, / or the radio reaching us from space, / but I am, / intentionally, / perceptibly, / removing th…

age of romance

who will beat the heart, / like a stone, / with hands of clay, / with no remorse? / who collects the tears, / or the lost love, / the missi…

barn owl

today is the day, / how sweetly it comes, / the emerging swell, tears soft cascade. / this is the day of flowers laid, / two bunches, two g…

december dark II

the town lights cling like limpets in my view, / a mat of whites, yellows, blues, / all spread out, blurred by my wet eyes, / by the soft w…

brittle

december has not yet cooled, / the earth still warm to touch, / christmas seems like a dream, / and you seem such a long way off. / the ba…

love

i sometimes notice how different you look, / in the light, and in the half light, / how years change us, our shape, / our face, make us lon…
everything once by uncleblack

new alone III

just the spectral web / and its own light fingers, / have stolen this light away, / and made the air thin / too thin in which to breathe. …

work

i know that when my day of silence comes / when on my skin the dew forms, / and life has gone from these bones, / there will be work to do.…

starry nights

I have looked up at the stars, / I look up at the stars, / and they looked down on me. / small broken things, / a row of old trinkets, / th…

walking wounded

still lights sway at roads end, / outside quiet, restless homes, / bodies lay in warm slumber, / galaxies move apart. / the groaning load a…

tiny timbers

the mountains drain me of life, / suck out the dew that forms / on the insides of my eyes. / they are present, permanent, / they puncture t…
in space by uncleblack

motionless

i walked in yesterdays footprints, / the sand had given way beneath my weight, / and impressed upon the land, / the place i would again sta…

easting

how sweetly i imagine you sleep, / feet facing east, when the day begins. / the hoverflies seek out the scent, / of the old flowers, / spen…
the lilac time by uncleblack

hands

let me go, / said to the mist as it crept around the bridge, / as its wandering movements / laid bare the place below. / let me go, / said …

sweet privilege

it was a sweet, sweet privilege / to share the hour and the air, / to embrace the warmth around you / here, there and everywhere. / i had o…

I will disappear

admired the way the river moved, / patient and yet determined, / they way it wore the earth into a groove, / broke open the blood beneath. …

these dreams

these dreams, they must be telling me things, / things unclear, seen, or unseen, / what do these dreams mean? / tall tales last beyond waki…

pairing

kestrels freely patrol the air / above the soft blighted hill, / burrowed and riddled. / in their stations watching, / all the down below, …

missed

here is the water being sucked up by the wind, / and a sea that will never be my friend / whose silver crests fall end / upon endless end,…
sonny at dawn by uncleblack

frozen

it is bitter, and the weight of the world / could crush those unready, / with only half an eye on the weather. / saturated, i take flowers,…

first light VI

you are the first light, / the first thing I see, / even before I open my eyes, / even before I was alive. / where yesterdays feet fell, / …

low ebb XI

drifting on the surface, / the sky filled view, / upwards, downwards / there is no future. / and on the shore voices ring, / sands move, /…

no wisdom

cold. jupiter hangs like a pin, / points its eye at me, / gloved and warm, / moving into the / darkness. / the brave morning commenced, / j…

no signal

sleep comes, / and rest comes, / sometimes. / who can carry on, / when the reason has gone, / when there is nothing, / when there is no one…

Kingdom

the rooks cling in the high branches / of the old oak, as they sway / bending to the will of the wind. / it is a wild day, unlike winter, /…

in the old ways

you had such warm lips, / almond eyes, / sometimes you took me away from this, / those were good times, / in the old ways. / i could feel …

wish once

the body of the old year lay, / prone and cold, / those redundant days, / gone, and residing only / in the words and pictures, / we keep. …

respond to love

hate never allows the seeds to grow, / nor in those wide eyes, lets them see. / when bodies are oppressed, / there is always hunger, / and …

trinkets and things

i know as years pass, / and each year, as i recall the last, / my soul stays silent, / yet the tears shine like glass. / as i tidy up the t…
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