The Waning

 

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Fitful winds
Whip about us
As we sit at this lonely spot.
This silence
Will define us,
Lasting image of latter days.
 
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Annie

Day 4 of my review of the year, and moving on into December with a poem about loneliness and isolation.

Made of sticks and stones

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I call her Annie.
That little old lady
Who sits on the park bench,
Day after day,
With only the birds for company.

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Annie

photo credit: Gulls On Edge via photopin (license)

photo credit: Gulls On Edge via photopin (license)

I call her Annie.
That little old lady
Who sits on the park bench,
Day after day,
With only the birds for company.

© 2015 | Frank Regan, All rights reserved.

Twenty-three pairs of chromosomes

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What if everybody else is as screwed-up as me.
What if my behaviour is just normal for here.
Perhaps this is not spontaneous combustion
And just the confirmation I’m human

Like a mental gravity weighing me down.
Would any aliens that happen to pass by
Know that we are all cracked, twisted and broken.
Maybe there should be a sign up high in the heavens,

“Planet Earth – you gotta be crazy to visit here.”

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Resignation

I’ve had enough.
Are you listening?
Have I got your attention?
Yes, that was me screaming.
Showing fear and agitation
As I shouted, raved and ranted,
Gave voice to my desperation.

I’ve had enough.
I’m heading for the exit
A more fulfilling destination.
I’ve had enough of choppy waters,
Of being decaying vegetation.
I found some pride down here in the gutter
Going to rebuild my reputation.

I’ve had enough.
You can keep the aggravation.
Stick it where the sun don’t shine.
I’m going home.

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I’ve got to get out of this place

Day 11 of the 30 Reblogs of November

Made of sticks and stones

He had read it in a magazine, about the Romanian civil servant who had died at their desk, sitting propped up in their office chair for two weeks and no one noticed. That could happen here, Graham thought, it is the Friday before Christmas if I died now they would not find me to January.

The office was open plan. A sniper who happened upon the scene should have had line of sight from one end of the cavernous space to the other, but as Graham looked around he could see how people had manufactured walls to protect themselves. A forest of pot plants loomed, family photos were chosen as company over the living heartbeats and conversation of colleagues, calendars were propped up as a makeshift barricade a stuffed Piglet toy and Shaun the Sheep pressed into service as the defenders.

He could hear the tap, tap of a keyboard…

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The Chameleon

Day 3 of the 30 reblogs of November and a piece of poetry written in my teens. There was once a lot more but the rest has been lost in the mists of time and this is all that remains.

Made of sticks and stones

Gheerhaets_Allegory_iconoclasm

Marcus Gheeraerts the Elder, Allegory of Iconoclasm, c.1566–1568 etching 15” x 10.4”, British Museum, London. {{PD-US}} {{PD-old}}

Who are you looking at?

What do you see?

If you look real hard

Do you see me?

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I’ve got to get out of this place

He had read it in a magazine, about the Romanian civil servant who had died at their desk, sitting propped up in their office chair for two weeks and no one noticed. That could happen here, Graham thought, it is the Friday before Christmas if I died now they would not find me to January.

The office was open plan. A sniper who happened upon the scene should have had line of sight from one end of the cavernous space to the other, but as Graham looked around he could see how people had manufactured walls to protect themselves. A forest of pot plants loomed, family photos were chosen as company over the living heartbeats and conversation of colleagues, calendars were propped up as a makeshift barricade a stuffed Piglet toy and Shaun the Sheep pressed into service as the defenders.

He could hear the tap, tap of a keyboard, an incessant voodoo beat that reverberated around in the post five pm hush on the second floor. Graham watched as the motion activated lights blinked out, a testament of abandonment, an onward rushing tide of darkness that would overwhelm him.

There should have been festivity, he thought, a Christmas tree that twinkled in the corner, maybe a moth-eared chain of paper angels set to fluttering in this air sucked dry of atmosphere, even a simple card, but it was like Cromwell had never left this part of Cambridgeshire. Christmas had been cancelled.

A door slammed, the last light extinguished, snuffed out, only the light above Graham remained alight.

‘I’ve got to get out, while I’m still alive.’ He whispered to the night.

  While somewhere out in the dark his unseen companion tapped away at a keyboard.

The Chameleon

Gheerhaets_Allegory_iconoclasm

Marcus Gheeraerts the Elder, Allegory of Iconoclasm, c.1566–1568 etching 15” x 10.4”, British Museum, London. {{PD-US}} {{PD-old}}

 

Who are you looking at?

What do you see?

If you look real hard

Do you see me?

 

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