Sunday stands apart.
A day to rest and dream,
Place for thought and reflection:
Clouds drift in languorous ease
The wind wafting them farewell;
Flowers bow petaled heads
In reverance to a sleepy sun,
And even the starlings chatter quietly;
The usual hurly burly subsides,
Aggregations put on hold
As the old year departs and a new begins, we take stock. It is a time for appraisal, review, and decisions as to paths taken and yet to take. A moments pause before the storm of another 365 days in this thing called life, we breathe one last breath of 2014. Goodbye old year, I say. Now exhale and start afresh. Hello 2015.
I saw you in reflection, the distance between us incalculable in liquidity.
You swayed as the breeze caught the mirrored surface, elemental, my own private dryad.
You were captured in a puddle, held by the rain.
Raven hair mixed with silvered light in flashes of storm.
Hazel eyes eclipsed both to stare up at me, or out.
I’m sure you looked, I’m positive!
At least, that’s what I’ve always believed.
Time stood still for me then, a world in sheen, your red, lace scarf billowing towards me in that miniature ocean.
Funny how things look close enough to touch even when you know it impossible.
Should I have lifted my eyes to see the real you?
Would so simple an act have brought reciprocated love?
I don’t know, although I often wonder.
But in the blink of an eye, the passing of a sole, murky cloud, you were gone.
Now, whenever I see water, I search for you, praying it’s captured your soul:
It never has.
I hate the rain!
I thought it a haze
Perhaps, a refraction
Of light from a dream;
A blurring of reality;
Misshaping of air,
But, it was not.
I think I always knew
It was the shimmer
Of a ghost;
A shimmer of the man I was,
And somehow lost.
I turned my back on the mirror,
And walked away.
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Old bones are aching
Knees sensing seasonal change
A precursor to hibernation
And a berth by a blazing fire
The cookies have emerged from the cupboard depths
Sitting resplendent in a welcoming dish
They await an accompanying cup of tea
As do I
But for now I’ll sit by the window
Watch the autumn leaves
Slowly drift into carpets of tapestry colour
And say goodbye to the summer
With a last warm smile
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There’s a ghost in the water
I no longer recognise
Trapped and alone in a reflective world
The eyes tell a story, but it is no longer my own
He touches the surface
I believe he strives to break free
But no release is there for this past impression
I shall not be returning to his ways of doubt
He may lurk beneath known boundaries
A reflection of failures gone
Liquidated, discarded, unwanted
But I know whenever I look down
The eyes staring back will be his, not mine
Best I stay away from the water
And leave my old friend to his depths
Whilst I breathe the fresh air
At long, long, last
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I’m lost in a view
Both up and down
Not knowing if I
Am touching the ground
Halfway to heaven
Or halfway to hell
A moment so moving
A memory to dwell