Poetry: Real and Unreal by Stephen House

real and unreal  
"real and unreal" is the title poem of Stephen House's chapbook of poetry of the same name, published by, in case of emergency press, Australia. 
with you:
in your real world of calm content

we walk along beaches
let rain drench us
feel sun warm us
become detached from time and need
we sit in cafes
drink black coffee
share what we will
keep what we choose to hold inside

we wander in parks
watch ducks with ducklings
feed possums with apple
let beaks and paws touch our skin
we drive into the desert
live in a tent
spend hours in silence
read old newspapers retrieved from bins

we hold hands gently
let tears fall freely
laugh at life
create unreal stories and make them real

in my unreal world of anything goes

i fall into drinking
slide around in night-clubs
dance like a crazy-man 
aim to get beaten up and thrown out

i walk in the wilderness 
sleep in shelters i build
practise yoga at dawn
chant in tune to the moon and sun

i collect rubbish from coastlines
make mountains to reach high
worship them as Gods
appeal to them for advice and help

i take flights to foreign countries
cruise trade on phone apps
have sex with handsome men 
don’t stop until satisfied and exhausted    

i live on city streets 
play with anyone i feel like  
perform tricks on command
sing songs by request if i know the words

i travel to india
camp by Mother Ganga
chant Om Namah Shivaya 
bathe in our river three times each day

i close myself up in hotel rooms
write poems about you
laugh in verse and cry in rhyme 
take real stories and make them unreal

and you have two worlds too

with me:
in my real world of calm content

in your unreal world of anything goes

you and me are our reality
apart or together

real and unreal

Bio: Stephen House has won many awards and nominations as a poet, playwright and actor, including two Australian Writer’s Guild Awgie Awards, and a Greenroom Best Actor nomination. He has had 20 plays produced, many of them commissioned. He’s received international literature residencies from The Australia Council and Asialink. His chapbook “real and unreal” was published by ICOE Press. His next book is out soon. His poetry is published often, and he performs his acclaimed monologues widely. 

By davidlonan1

David writes poetry, short stories, and writings that'll make you think or laugh, provoking you to examine images in your mind. To submit poetry, photography, art, please send to feversofthemind@gmail.com. Twitter: @davidLOnan1 + @feversof Facebook: DavidLONan1

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