where morning light highlights dark brown dining table
And varnished coffee table both polished
with Pledge until you see yourself. Later
chemo will make her petite fingers fat,
Fur Elise break into fragments as disease progresses
and piano sold as her hands come to rest.
A Black Bead
I was given in Fifties by an Indian guru
in Madras with advice “Keep this
and you’ll be alright.” Correctly guessed
I had two girlfriends.
Eighty one now with asbestosis
a cough that hacks
at his body more each time we meet.
-You’re so thin dad?
-He said I’d be dead at eighty two.
-Where is it?
-I can’t find it.
-I’d best start preparing now.
-It’s a joke,
he says and spits
into his half full spitbag.
I find the blue paper
he wrote the prophecy on
the year I was conceived,
and take a photo of it with my mobile.
I give it to him
in the hope he’ll notice
it says he’ll die at 84.
He died at 83.
BIO: Paul Brookes is a shop asst. His chapbooks include The Fabulous Invention Of Barnsley, (Dearne Community Arts, 1993). The Headpoke and Firewedding (Alien Buddha Press, 2017), A World Where and She Needs That Edge (Nixes Mate Press, 2017, 2018) The Spermbot Blues (OpPRESS, 2017), Port Of Souls (Alien Buddha Press, 2018),Please Take Change (Cyberwit.net, 2018)
Forthcoming Stubborn Sod, (Alien Buddha Press, 2019), As Folk Over Yonder ( Afterworld Books, 2019). He edits The Wombwell Rainbow Interviews
Bio: Shop Assistant. Writer and performer. Books include Please Take Change, A World Where, As Folk Over Yonder. Latest: Wonderland in Alice… Twitter @PaulDragonwolf https://t.co/FM3fFo6T8z for the Wombwell Rainbow Blog.
light bury through wooden clouds.
Insubstantial trees disappear, or are reshaped
by sunlight and gust. They bucket down leaves,
make the earth sodden with them. Rain making,
thunder making anvil shaped trees make rainbows.
You can see the grain in the clouds.
Depending upon how and where
gust and light saw through wooden clouds,
defines their grain, curly,straight or flat
in relation to their growth rings.
I splish and splash paving slabs
sending concrete waves and ripples
to either side. Dive into the pavement,
backstroke through crazy paving.
seen the face of flowers?
A furrowed brow of lavender.
The skin folds of a rosebloom.
Gustblown fascinator of a Daisy.
A lily with its yellow tongue out.
A field full of closed mouth Tulips.
Climb a mantelpiece of mountains.
Pass the ornaments added to
by every visitor. Step carefully round
the opened envelopes of scree.
An affectionate crown of thorns
The gentle stigmata of a caress.
The spiked maiden of your hug.
Thumbscrews of our hand holding.
Look out of the windows of the moon
Let in a fresh air of stars. Street furniture
of an ancient wood. A sofa of raised roots.
Trees become lampstands ready
for the moonlight bulbs to be switched on
in their crowns, meanwhile sunlight bulbs move
from crown to crown. A shared lighting display.
What wallpaper did you choose for your face
before you went out? Large red open flowers
with a brown background? Anaglypta?
The red brick wall, or geometric lines?
Watch out for those with cat faces
who may use your face as a scratching post.
Skirting board round the hem of a room.
Are we under the dress of this lounge?
Or are we outside admiring the folds
of paint or wallpaper the room has chosen
from her wardrobe? Colour matching
the carpet and three piece suite
under or outside the skirt.
Walk carefully over the floorboards
of cirrus and nimbus. Especially,
at night when you don't want
them to creak and wake up
the house. Watch yourself
on the cumulonimbus,
one false move could see a downpour.
Your socks polish these clouds.
They sparkle, after mop and bucket work.
This morning sky is a blue bone,
winter tree branches untouched
by gust. Sky breathes easy
amongst the silhouettes.
Sometimes there are holes in the sky
and you can hear a bone flute
Naked branches become Aeolian harps,
plucked by gust, sky's breath.
The White bone walks
across itself using its body
as music. Hear the voice
of itself. The voice goes ahead
The body follows the sound
from bright light to bright light
from cirrus to nimbus
from gust to gale
The white bones is talking.
It walks across the sky.
A sunlight and moonlight path.
At night it is a black bone.
As if the sky is ash. A cremation
of the blue and white into grey.
Night is the burial time.
Day is the resurrection time.
The sky is a white bone
made of clouds.
Thunder is percussion
of lightning against bone.
Winter's knife block
is the key to unlock
sharp and keen edges
slice tracery and pages
of thin skin let flow
blood juice, let know
a thin line between
the bone and the dream.
Every Bone is
We grow into, one
that may learn to stand,
Uncertainly before the first step.
Others may crash their words
against us, to show
how their strong
meaning and confidence,
our word with another.
Our words hold our frame up,
a scaffold to others.
Every word is a bone
coming out of your mouth,
Smallbones stick in your throat,
largebones make your mouth
bulge as they muscle out
between your incisors,
bang against your molars,
restrict your tongue, breath
blocked, wordbones hard
to utter through spit and mucus.
My Mop Bucket(Apologies to William Blake)
I create moods with mop and bucket.
My chiascuro is very expressive.
My brush is very free. I learn
from the Old Masters.
My floors are landscapes.
Spillages become portraits.
Accidents are worked in
In my head there is colour
on my mop that describes
dashes and dots. I'm a mophead
full of bright colours I dip into
and out of my bucket. No two
floors are the same.
I'm a buckethead.
Washing away the muck,
remaking it I imagine outside.
gusts, light. Bring them all
into my bucket.
To see the world in a mop
And Heaven in a bucket.
Infinity in a dustpan,
And Eternity in a brush.
A One Eye
The sky is a skull.
One eye is the moon.
One eye is the sun,
The sky only uses one eye.
The one eye of the moon
waxes and wanes, sometimes
a crescent eye, sometimes full,
the blood eye, harvest eye,
wolf eye, hare eye, storm eye,
chaste eye, Blue eye, seed eye,
corn eye, snow eye, mead eye.
Ocean eye works the tides.
Draw down the eye lit
by light borrowed
from the other
eye of the skull.
Wolfpack Contributor: Paul BrookesSonnet Series: “Wombwell Cemetery” by Paul BrookesArachnida Sonnets by Paul Brookes (an occasional series)our god sleeps by Paul Brookes – poetryFolktober Sonnets by Paul Brookes
Bio: Shop Assistant. Writer and performer. Books include Please Take Change, A World Where, As Folk Over Yonder. Latest: Wonderland in Alice...
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