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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…

I wonder if she is listening

i may see the Leonids, / if the bleak nights would break open. / the glistening leaves, under their own weight, / hang cold, and tearful. /…

we took joy

the years had worn us / until we, like the old step, / were smooth, / shaped by the effects of time. / the colourful things / we kept, bl…

deserted

there is an unnatural warmth in the day, / even my dusk sitting does not bring the feeling, / the quiet lowering of the light, / itself doe…

andromeda galaxy

I peered into the night, / and beyond the town. / the streetlights rose up the sides / in two parallel lines. / twinkling in the dark, / ho…

he that glows

there is no reason, / nor answer, / just the thrown voice, / borne out onto wind, / living, breathing, great and unseen. / for out there /…

low level

morning flights rise, / gradual winter comes, / we collect the last remaining embers / of light, and hold / them tight. / beneath my coat,…

the borders

Frozen on the wires, / the dolly hung, / the debris of humankind, / a restless tide. / unsatisfied with the lines, / we have drawn, / that …

no rescue

it streams down the sides, the windows, / drains the sky, / floods the begging ground. / I look through, the rivulets, / the blurred distan…

along the dark day

as the fields turn, brown and so soon to green, / the hungry nation sleeps, / and I am idly winding my own way / beyond my doubts and unwel…

surrender

mine is a simple pain, / and yours, / is yours alone. / but we are sharing the same air, / each day, / each breath. / you switch off the li…

the old rose

shortening days come, / how they come, / silent knives slide inside, / the death of one. / once kind fragrance hung, / ripening / on the wa…

love letters

within the tiny world I harbour / grows a little flame, / a tiny light, / barely there at all. / barely there for / anyone to see, / those…

rejoice VI

rejoice, i hear the swallows skim / and they make their calls thin, / and wide, see how gaily they dance / with so much sense of alive. / n…

turning a corner

i turned a corner yesterday, / though things are unresolved, / i felt kinship with gravity, / how it leans and pulls on me. / the milky way…

giving up on love

all signs down, / low swinging strips of lights, / caught up, / the lingering kiss of strangers, / briefly illuminated / by the amusement p…

night

nighttime brought rain, / slickened the slates, / and dampened down the dust. / while I was away, / we moved silently / through space. / wh…

new alone

immense, and invisible, / the colossal weight, / hidden by the mysteries of space, / and the distance / that it takes, / to reach or be re…

brushstrokes

it has taken eighteen years, / and now you are no longer here, / i see where the brushstrokes you made / now also disappear. / i stand here…
all is holy by uncleblack

mortal

we stood outside to view the eclipse, / holding a welding mask glass, / I was not alone as the planet made its pass. / yet as the air grew …

at the lookout

high thoughts don’t matter, / when you meet the great scene, / with simple eyes, / wrapped in the sweet capture / of the air sublime,…
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