Fire-water

Do or die
or simply dance away the day.

Look,
the light lingers,
though morning never grew to swell with sun.

Oceans of wild, wet and windy
fill the window,
streaked and streaming,
rivuletted,
running to rejoin the rivers.

Inside,
the stove glows,
a captive star,
a poppy,
its voice the growl
of earth’s deep fiery regions
of flaming flowers

and the great molten brassage
of cast-off ideas,
forgotten faces
and lost dreams.

Journeys

Painting by Franz Marc.

Away we are bound to go;
life stream pulls like moon tides
and the storm that blusters in the wind.

Above, the leaves stream,
beaten and lost.
Trees wave them goodbye;
the rest will not be far behind.

A hare raced across the sunny bank,
chased by the clouds,
and the bright glitter
of last night’s raindrops fled.

Into my listening ears,
the rain whispers a story
of oceans and rivers,
the journeys some will make,

but the songs that pour
from unseen bird-throats
never falter;

they have heard it all before.

Mars

I went back to the Oracle, chose another word set, hoping for something more hopeful.

Broken,
something is,
perhaps everything,

even eternity will be haunted
by the ghosts of men
with their sharpened steel,
their sacred causes,
ideas carved in the stone of their hearts.

What does it take
to wake the sleeping voices,
unlock the secrets that all other things know?

Words the wild knows without speaking?

The air is blue, they say,
the sky, the planet,
but all I see is red,
and we walk in the footprints
of the god of war.

Another Troy

The Oracle is in apocalyptic mode today, reflecting current events perhaps, or simply what my writer’s mind is churning over.

Cry blood
and blood cries back from the purple shadows
in the universal tongue of grieving mothers
tears ripped untimely—

listen to the storm coming
on whose watch will it strike?

We have driven the blue away
poured the honey into the dust
and the only light is red.

When this sun sets will the ache
in the marrow of women’s bones
turn to blows?

Love life less
and the rain that falls will be the deluge
the wild wind that unfurls the ocean
the serpent that laps the moon’s milk
and spits out poison.

There will be no thousand ships for us
but millions
outnumbering the stars.

The sky is singing

The sky is singing,
cloud chords plucked by languid wind-fingers,
life and death songs of sun on sea,
where the wind blows waves
to break in foam feathers.

The sky sings salt
and night scents of invisible blooms,
enfolding silver-sheathed meadow grass
in the cool silence of fox and badger moon,
the cropping of monochrome deer,

and I listen to the bell flowers
chiming in the hedge,
the water ripple of birdsong,
running into summer,

give thanks to the rooted force,
rising and falling in beauty,
that makes all these tides
ebb and flow endlessly.

One day

One day, I hoped,
flowers would bloom through the frost,
the ice crack with joy on the frozen pond,
the salt-sad ocean fill with joy,

and on that day,
when it came, I filled
from toe to top
full of the light that pours
from the boundless fiery dark
of forever and ever.

I hear your voice,
your familiar tread,
see the light lent by the stars
in your eyes,

and suddenly that day,
that began so long ago,
begins all over again.

Looking back, dreaming on

Not the poem I was expecting from the Oracle, but she knows what she knows.

This is almost all there is,
the day ending, cupped into open yellow bowls,
colour bleeding from the sky
and ghost clouds streaming,
sails on an endless sea.

I remember your voice, your laughter;
life was good then,
and there was magic wherever we looked,
in the morning bustle,
the night soft with stars.

I wish you were here now, to wake,
look from this window, as you did
when you were a child, and see
the same stories in the vast velvet above,
dream the same dreams.

We all grow, desires change,
yet there is always blue light in the sky,
and the laughter remains.

A wish

Beauty flows beneath
the skin of this world,
singing with the nightingale,
whispering like the sea.

The bitter-bare has flowered,
and in the trees, spring shines
through the wind.

Ask, and I will blow your dreams,
hatched from dragons’ eggs,
coursing with the sap of the moon,
into the mists of summer.

For it will come,
and love will light the cool shade
of the garden with heart music,
and forests will grow, sweet as honey,
into the open arms of the sky.

Dream, blue and running,
and may you never see the ship
that founders on the shore,
or the red rose fall in russet sighs
among the raindrops.

A new star rising

The Oracle always knows. Last days of waiting.

I listen in this morning’s damp light
for the child coming
through the rhythms
of the air of another world.

Cat watches for the coming
like a fish in a bowl
a bird in the sky

and I remember those times
raw and tender that dripped with joy
tumbling like spring clouds
full of tiny hands curled and perfect

the milky noises unabashed
and oceans of laughter.

The stars sailed slow then
in their course
and we understood
the wild voice of the night.

Spring birth, spring death

Beauty is in the music of the moon
the spring spray soaring
blue as oceans
green as gardens
where red roses burgeon
and the wind plays stringed meadow grass
blows dreams through forest trees.

Beauty too in the sadness of lake water
beneath the rain
the sedge shivering in the cold
and the scattering of petal feathers
newly hatched and already gone
into the shadows of the long sleep.