Rose Garden

The seasons, here you watch them come and go, like lovers that change every time the spark of unnamed delight, turns and drifts over to another soul   Just as you’ve smelt the roses, their summer blooms start fading; leaving but a thorny note of regret, as petals fall, hope and belief dissolving   NowContinue reading “Rose Garden”

Lessons

Those sentient stones, guarding the gates to another world Solemn sentries, reminding of a dark, unstable past   I look to them in wonder of what it is they’ve lived through And in their mighty story they can offer us a clue   From those fading, misty years when the earth coughed raging fire AndContinue reading “Lessons”

Disguise

I thought I knew you and so I Dropped the façade, that measured guard; Protection from enemy eyes –   Then through a trembling night we waltzed A shy courtship in the shadows; You gaze, though soft, never wavered   My hardened heart began to heal As gently I believed again In a love thatContinue reading “Disguise”

Letting go

I had a dream which I clung to My heart refusing to give up Though daily my body weakened Toppling beneath ambition’s weight   Like an addict I would pursue The thrilling heights of achievement While eyes would forever look to The place I could find my next fix   And so I never pausedContinue reading “Letting go”

Alive

When you love, like a rocket into space You launch a once secret piece of yourself On a thrilling ride into the unknown – And part of you clenches with choking fear For there you are, exposing your true self Opening to the world to reveal your Tender vulnerabilities, those hidden Secrets now they stirContinue reading “Alive”

Premonition

I have the same dream, over and over Where I’m running as though I’m trying to Reach infinity Picking up the pace, across the green fields I’m running as the clock is ticking, and I must reach the sea   Then I am there, the water before me A carpet of blue that reaches outContinue reading “Premonition”

The Dawning Night

The sun, she stoops to kiss the sea Reluctant touch, as fatefully Her colour bleeds away from sight Cedes to murky realms of twilight But until then she glows fiercely Defiant of her destiny Rebelling against her night foes Though caught in death’s spasmodic throes Up above an erupting sky Signals to all a warningContinue reading “The Dawning Night”

Distraction

You’re most vulnerable Absent distraction Nothing to hide your Bubbling emotion   You thought the reverse That with time and space You’d at last find a Break from your mind’s race   But there is no calm No stillness and ease When really, deep down The soul is diseased   Image: Edvard Munch, The DayContinue reading “Distraction”

Regret

— A standalone extract from my new book, about a mad painter in Renaissance Venice. He sat, up on the terrace, beneath a cloudy night sky that obscured the stars, everything but the moon that had reached the climax of its monthly journey. Even then, he could not make out the contours of that glowingContinue reading “Regret”

Forbidden

At love’s mercy she cries softly Dreaming of another’s body In the darkness, the cold silence Of the doubt that binds her firmly   Is it so wrong? – she asks as fear Keeps her vision blurred, so unclear; The demon’s voice inside her mind Is taunting all that she holds dear   And trappedContinue reading “Forbidden”