A crystal chalice is topped up again and again as he ingurgitated many bottles of claret.
In a haze of inebriated numbness, he imagines seeing a nymph stepping on seashells.
When he wakes, he’s lying in the pantry covered in eggshells with the dog licking his face.
Leaves turn red, yellow and brown
fluttering in the Autumn winds.
A leaf moves from the Petiole
on the wind,
and collides with your face.
Dry leaf feelings on your skin
reminding you nature is real.
There are no sunshine feelings between
the leaf and skin, yet you take the leaf,
put it between the pages of your book,
and take it home.
Leaves dying on their leaf stalks,
floating off, they move freely in the wind
more alive now the air has captured them,
to take them on an adventure.
Something of the seawater flows through
the human sitting on the chair writing.
Something of sadness flows through the
seawater as your arteries unclog and flow
clean again after so many lost loved ones.
Shimmering colours of the sea move before
you, filling your empty places and making
you whole until you no longer have cracks.
More beautiful than before, you
have been touched by Kintsugi.
Flaws once a burden to you become your
beauty and set you apart from the others.
Lights play tricks on my eyes.
Tired, I see colours and shapes.
Your moon has gone from the sky,
leaving only the stars to haunt me.
I wait for your moon to return
in the silence of cold nights sleeping,
dreaming of piano keys playing a song
as we spin wildly around a Chateau
with no furniture to obstruct our moves.
The lights play tricks on my eyes.
Tired, I thought I saw you in the corner.
Silenced in the garden from all the
things they could have said, yet didn’t.
A reluctance to accept his proposal left
everyone in sunshine except for her –
she felt the jitters of no love
the pain of forced marriage.
Far off, where land meets the sky, colours
of what is correct will be waiting,
yet they cannot be seen by her eyes;
her vision is too clouded by swirling feelings.
Perceptions of what is real and what is fake
flash fast before or behind her soft eyes.
A call from him jolts her into the present,
as a decision must be made or never
spoken of in hushed or screamed tones.
Looking at the place where the sky meets land,
she sees the colours that matter to her the most;
The colours of something completely different.
So she walks in the opposite direction from
the garden in haste without speaking a word.
To run is the coward’s way,
yet to fight for love requires a clean break
from this garden she loved so much as a child;
she must run so fast,
as the wind moves her onwards to disappear.
Cluttered and bundled in the snow,
so still, as the effects of defeat set in.
Take from you only yesterday,
yet it’s been more than a year.
Sweet faces appear behind your eyes
to haunt your day and night dreams.
Cracks start to appear within you,
as your heart begins to break apart.
The person of all those years ended sharply,
now replaced by something very different.
Alone in the snow, you slowly rise to feel
the weight of the wild wind altering you.
Different now, you walk from the woods
back to that home now yours for good.
Their cries won’t bring your heart back
for it has turned
to something colder than snow –
I’m standing on the shore
toeing seashells and sand.
Sipping sweet milky tea
Stormy skies seem so far away,
while the salty surface is calm.
Soft sounds of winter speak through
shy wavelets as they move closer.
Something cute breaks the surface,
many little bubbles begin to show.
Soft hues of grey, pink and blue,
they come from the dark cold.
Sunrise presents a pastel watercolour,
Showing us another day to live a life.
‘I love you like I love Pavlova. Will you be my Pavlova?’
‘Do you want me to be fruity and frisky? I’ll give you a double mango and a double strawberry surprise.’
‘First, let me sweep you off your feet.’
‘What!? Don’t you drop me!’
‘Oh no, you’re heavy.’
‘Stopping flapping your legs.’
A broken heart touched him once. Now he works in a lab trying to find a panacea.
This thesis is solid, the results are collated, yet the cure never passes the testing phase.
The funding starts to dry up, and all hope seems lost. Then he finds the cure: love or death.