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A Ceasefire Longing

Mulling over safety notes
Soiled by ashy fingerprints,
Nursing splinters from
Stepping over shrapnel mounds,
Penning riveting accounts
For journos chasing exclusive scoops,
We hastily boarded the bus
To the … Read more

Blinded

People. Wonderful, social creatures.
“Smartest species on Earth”,
or so we say. Yet, so easily does reason,
fall apart. Rage and differences,
always blinding Nature’s rebellious youth.

People are attacked. … Read more

Know/unknow

Dall – E image generated by Jeremy Nathan Marks using Bing Chat Enterprise

The thought that God lives in our hearts
and through our bonds with others
is a much … Read more

Mural: October 2023

 Ever since the world ended
There’s no more black-and-white
            -Mose Allison

Image generated by Jeremy Nathan Marks using Bing Chat Enterprise

The candidate with sideburns and cavalier
hair says it’s … Read more

When the Rockets Fall

 

When my son presses the trigger,
a column of flaming hydrogen
shoots from the launch post,
leads a cubic metre
of evening to daylight for an instant.
I am … Read more

Birth

 

You don’t remember what you were
given on the way here … A pale moth
labours sideways across and inter-
section under which you sit listening to,

The National, … Read more

Love Letters to a Dying World

For Pope Francis

For years, he had been sending love letters
to his sisters and brothers on this “suffering
planet” warning about the coming disaster,
greenwashed by climate deniers, “bad … Read more

Vibrant face of depression

Dead Poets Society (1989 film): Public Domain

Another flick, a spark
once more awakened the past
Illustrating memories
are alive and always last

I recall your visage with
its veins, … Read more

Precious Gemstones

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Precious stones held a symphony
In the darkness of the sky.
Music played all around.
Gemstones cut by God above,
Impressive to the naked eye.
The stars glittered for all. … Read more

Climate Change

Jogging uphill
during the first week
of Spring I pick a scene
for you:

native frangipani,
nasturtiums, no, freesias
out of verge-grass thick
with honey;

bees worry
fireweed left behind… Read more

Success

I recently read a book review
of a book called “Brothers and Sisters:
The Allman Brothers Band and the Inside Story of the Album That Defined the ’70s.”
The book … Read more

Handbrake

Every summer the car rolls over a degree
Or two more revealing green limits to heat
Like the dance, you meet your wife
At after the war where bayonet wounds,… Read more

A Dickens Of A Time

Please sir, may I have some more
Air cover, tanks, defense systems,
Handshakes in good faith, a strong
Message of support? May I come,
Cap in hand and all that,… Read more

Seeing Myself as a Mayan Mother

Thousands of years ago,
Mayans built superhighways
connecting impressive cities
later abandoned, now buried
beneath miles of jungle.

Like the dinosaur demise,
scientists can only speculate
what happened to the … Read more