Okay folks, here are the remaining poems for April. Please vote for your favourite throughout the month. Comments make everything worthwhile. Be back here soon.
At the end
The flowers you brought have shrivelled
trying to return to their pre-blooming glory
each petal closing in on itself, but I’m not fooled.
They look worn out with the effort of looking bright –
the colour still hangs on like an ill-fitting coat,
drooping at the shoulders.
The water is putrid, no wonder they close up.
Bad relationships leave bad odours.
April 27th - Sonnet
The Long Man
No book can ever keep me from this view
No story line can drag my eyes away
For every time it’s like I see it new
And when I reach this point then come what may
I cast my book aside at Hayward’s Heath
Where this train will divide and split in two
And Sussex lies before me and beneath
In grassy downs where I look for the path
That carves into the hillside where he stands
The man of Wilmington who bears his all
Once phallus hope for women in these lands
Whose fertileness would answer to their call
Whatever else may change he’ll still be there
And folk will marvel at him, stop and stare.
I’m down in this squelchy brown clay
stuck fast, gripped by wet goo
in all its sucky-sucky quicksand feel,
entrapped and directionless. I pull in panic –
the earth will not let me go.
If the sun comes out I’ll fix a pose,
become part of the landscape,
baked dry, entrenched, a human sculpture
plastered and entombed.
Stark brown limbs in March;
amputated wooden stumps
await their new growth.
He is still here imbedded in the carpet
like tinsel months after the Christmas tree has gone away,
impregnated into sheets however many times I wash them;
the dent on his side of the bed still looks new
as if he’s just got up.
Somehow he has seeped into the walls
and his eyes watch me in every room.
The TV churns out his favourite shows,
the radio his favourite songs.
In the kitchen his mug is a lonely sight,
I’ve put it away but I can still hear its accusations.
I’ve removed everything of his that he’d not already taken
but he claims every inch as a silent ghost.
For a while I would got out every night to avoid him
but there’s nowhere to go where he hasn’t been
and been with me.
Finally, I have had one of my poems accepted for the Open University Poets Anthology which will be published later this year.