For Chagall

 

First there were witch-spread rumours of rain

But the long dry draft-drought season suffocated hope

With implacable anaconda-authority’s inexorable ambush certainty.

Mists and histories damped the Spanish moss with lies of dew

An’, breathin’ in your East Side words,

I am twice-stung and damned by those who would, in plain sight,

Kill justice; Denying that fought-for-years-ago oxygen fix of transparency.

While the businessman bully-crow skulks and squawks is venom in

Underground white house towers and no-cause cowards, behind the noble,

Take what was never theirs (Just because they can).

That same old conquistador wind stirs yesterday’s virus words,

Poison papers, embers and echoes of songs about cane on the Brazos .

 

And when I needed a prophet, a word, a dance, a beer

When I needed comfort, the truth, an ear …

 

… And I – no longer supposed to take the knee –

Am struggling for tomorrow’s freedom-air.

Storm ?

Anybody else here think

There’s got to be thunder?

Anyone else here think

We need a storm:

When sledgehammer lightning

Goes down, goes down hard,

Again and again until

Tense skies groan and ring;

Until the concrete wheel bleeds

And the stone blind lady sees?

Anybody else here ready to

Take up the call ?

“Being ignored is not the same

As not needing to be heard:

Justice ain’t being served here!”

thunder

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21/7/13

Kite Talker

There’s always going to be

Change,drama, weather

Between the black rock

And the jungle beach;

But nobody smiles

Like the Kite Talker does –

Every ballet finger, string

And red sail performance

Relaxed and engaging.

Names can’t always be changed.

Accept the ultimate, cruel

Justice truth:

The innocent cannot expect

Eternal protection.

20/11/2012

One for Sorrow.

Was my salute really so poor

That the black-and-white

Felt able to betray me so,

So completely?

Seven flights of seven steps

To bow, trembling,

Before my judgement god.

The desert lords,

Who own the water,

Will have the final word;

Name me

Legend

Or

Villain

A title that will

March with me

Into eternity.

(Jerash, Jordan)

14/10/2012