You

I fold my fingers into yours
even as we are now
quietly distracted by other things
consumed by the richness of another’s words
comforted by the darkening day
we are as true as new found waves
merging together on a known shore
you are always near
wrapped around me
a missing lover’s coat finally found

Solomon Mundy

here lies Solomon Mundy
dead
he lived a peasant’s life
it’s said

his leathered skin
scrubbed once a year
and fortitude loosened
with a fist and a beer

he feared the stars
above his head
he feared the dark
he feared the dead
he feared the giver
of his daily bread

and if he could rise
from his darkened pit
and see how life today
was lit
he might crawl back
and stay below

let ignorance live
let knowledge go

outside

I’ve always known how to be quiet
born to the space in between
you stay at the water’s edge
watching the river rush by
and smile deeply at the distance of it
the upper airs are where you live
the cool unfettered breeze
a dance of light
a shadow passing through the trees

the wanting

there’s an open strip of land
where seeds used to root
and fold their luscious leaves
into the richness of their birth

there’s a want in me
and a drop of sun and pearl of rain
will cheat the thought
that such deserts can be greened

I run my fingers still
through the softness of it’s earth
feel the fleeting shadowed ripeness
form again in my distant mind

kelp

languorous weed and kelp
suckered to it’s sea bones
and splayed in mournful rest
burnishing to the wind
a drift of fleshy brine
memory upon memory
a soak over all these years
in my senses
it waits for the turning tide
captive to it’s wishes
to dance in it’s watery trance
once more

bunker

their bones speak
whispering from the solid earth
that gives them harbour

and the grimace
that their past has formed
must be met with a stoical eye

in the blend of all that has gone
and the focus we see
in all that is to come