Saturday, 30 January 2021

 To Rest In Peace


They were men of the north

suitably suited

in black dense as new hewed coal

or dark grey shiny as wet slate

or, rarely, the midnight blue

of a northern night sky.

It was a formal occasion

this laying to rest

of the dull grey

past known,

of the bright red

future hoped for.

They laid them to rest

with broken flowers

petals crushed

with ashes

and dust.

It was a formal occasion

this laying to rest

in peace

or not.



https://www.amazon.com/Harbinger-Asylum-Winter-various-authors/dp/B08TSHJ4B1/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=harbinger+asylum+winter+2020&qid=1612019946&sr=8-1


 I’m Tired


I’m tired of trying to see the good in people.

I’m tired of making decisions about good and bad.

I’m tired of endless discussions in armchairs

judging and justifying what is good or bad.

I’m tired of procrastination,

of enquiries and commissions designed

to delay until death or forgetfulness.

Tired of time servers,

jobs worths,

pocket liners.

Tired of them all.

So where shall I go now?


https://www.amazon.com/Harbinger-Asylum-Winter-various-authors/dp/B08TSHJ4B1/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=harbinger+asylum+winter+2020&qid=1612019946&sr=8-1



Thursday, 28 January 2021

 Wild Fruit


I like the wild berries best.

Juice spilling over.

Bursting,

staining my tongue purple

or my lips red.

Each one a new sensation.

A little harder to come by,

than the bland clones,

the cultivars.

A bit more of a struggle.

And, it must be said,

not always sweet.

One never knows

with these wild fruits.

With each taste comes

a surprise.

Spit out the sour,

take in the sweet.

Such joy!

Oh yes!

the wild berries are the best.


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B087FJD9JF/ref=sr_1_15?dchild=1&keywords=The%20Stray%20Branch&qid=1587600873&s=books&sr=1-15&fbclid=IwAR3de6iykORgoPKlUskE91TZ8mdHY3QOd1A4m22uR3CSsBh6j83aUTJ_q4o




Sunday, 24 January 2021

 Behind the Mask


Will I ever see

what lies behind the mask?

I think I can 

sometimes

through the eye slits,

sometimes

when they are open.

Eyes are revealing, after all,

and difficult to hide.

Maybe they’ll tell me enough,

tell me all I need

to know.

So I will have no urge

to peel off the mask,

to tear it away from the skin

underneath.

It would be too painful, anyway.

Too raw,

for both

of us

and would leave behind a soreness

that would not heal.

And still

not all would be revealed

by the exposure.


http://www.pikerpress.com/article.php?aID=8259



Thursday, 21 January 2021

 Buzzing 


I can hear the flies buzzing

since I died.

In life I could shoo them away,

open a window 

to persuade them through,

though usually they were

too stupid

to grasp the chance of freedom

offered and escape.

Now there is no window to be 

opened.

This is a closed space.

Eternal night.

No possibility

of freedom,

or escape.

Not for me.

Not for them.


https://www.amazon.com/Tricksters-Treats-Coming-Charity-Anthology-ebook/dp/B08HDGKJGN/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=trickster%27s%20treats%20%234&qid=1600779071&sr=8-1&fbclid=IwAR3hWBa5b124Nbl8CrLv4srgz0HIPPJqpLIpY0oOvyKjvzYU32B2d4glsf4


Wednesday, 20 January 2021

 A Blue Whale


Look at them all 

swimming round me

taunting me 

waving their legs at me 

tickling me

pinching me

and swimming away

constantly taunting me.

No wonder I’m depressed.

What a wheeze to make me

the largest creature on the planet 

need to eat one of the smallest.

Well Joker, I’m not laughing.

Forty million krill a day

I need to eat

according to Wiki.

Yes, I keep up.

I’m well informed

but it doesn’t help me

doesn’t make me feel better.

To add to the insult

I was given a tiny mouth,

too small for the job.

See, I’m hardly a basking shark

swimming round all day

with my mouth open

so they can swim straight in.

No, it’s open and close

open and close

till my jaw aches.

No wonder I’m blue.


https://lothlorienpoetryjournal.blogspot.com/2021/01/three-poems-by-lynn-white.html



 A Timely Revolution


“I’m late,

I’m late again”,

said the White Rabbit

staring at his pocket watch

with exasperation.

He turned the minute hand back a little

and perused the new time

with satisfaction.

He knew the effect would be limited,

that there would be no revolution

in time

unless 

he could turn back the hands

on all the clocks everywhere,

but it made him feel better

briefly.

He had pondered this issue of time

many times.

He knew that the revolutions of clocks 

and watches were irrelevant

to it’s passing,

which made him feel better 

about his manipulation.

Philosophically speaking,

he knew that he could change the time.

He could break the watch and freeze it.

Break all the wheels that revolved inside.

Smash them to smithereens.

But even then,

even when 

broken,

he knew

the wheels of time would keep turning, 

that even, 

given time, 

there would be no timely revolution.

The wheels would still turn

time after time.


https://lothlorienpoetryjournal.blogspot.com/2021/01/three-poems-by-lynn-white.html




 St George And The Dragons


A long time ago

St George killed all the dragons in England.

All of them,

the black ones, 

the green ones

and the white.

He killed all the dragons in Sweden

and in the Middle East.

He killed all of them,

the black ones,

the green ones

and the white.

But the red dragons defeated him,

hid in the rainy Welsh mountains.

Leapt out and and ambushed him.

Bent his sword with the heat

of their fire.

Ate up his horse,

so that he had to run away,

slipping and sliding over the wet rocks,

into the muddy dense wood

in fear.

Yes, 

the red dragons defeated him

and left him hiding in his cave,

in fear.

So, 

come for a walk with me.

This is the dragon’s country.

They are very shy and secretive these days,

even though St George is long gone

and they have nothing to fear.

Come for a walk with me

and I will show you dragons

when I find them.

I know that


it’s only a matter of time.



https://lothlorienpoetryjournal.blogspot.com/2021/01/three-poems-by-lynn-white.html





Tuesday, 19 January 2021

 Progress


“Put your best foot forward,”

the hesitant are often told,

but I am never sure

which is my best foot,

if it’s the right,

my push off foot

for a great leap

forwards

or upwards,

or my left

on which 

I can stand balanced

for a long time.

I have to choose

to soar

or stay

stable.

I have to choose

otherwise I shall make

no progress

at all.



http://www.praxismagonline.com/progress-by-lynn-white/


Sunday, 17 January 2021

 The Devil It Is


Play me a tune

a little light music

to sooth my soul,

to bring me cheer

in these troubled times.

Play it louder

louder

play louder

all of you

together.


Summon the angels.


Don’t let the devil seduce me

don’t let him take me

don’t let him carry my soul

away.


https://litbreak.com/odyssey-in-the-afternoon-the-power-of-gods-a-familiar-story/?fbclid=IwAR057MLsmTNf52Dp_2whvoO2ivaPtioXqJtFADWkUpzufeq1RpI89BmIiA8




Wednesday, 13 January 2021

 Gloria


I called the doll Gloria.

I no longer know why.

My father bought her for me

on a trip to the seaside,

on my first trip to the seaside.

I was bored with the endless sand

and the cold grey sea

and with the effort of pretending

to enjoy myself

on my expensive treat,

at the seaside.

We went to a toyshop after

and my father bought me the doll.

I called her Gloria.

I no longer no why.

Perhaps it was the name he suggested.

Or maybe my mother suggested it

when I couldn’t decide.

I don’t remember.

But I remember the doll.

She had real hair that I could comb.

But it turned out to be plastic,

nylon, I think.

And 

after I had combed it a few times,

the whole lot came off leaving her bald.

Yes

without her wig she was completely bald,

my Gloria.


https://www.thepoetmagazine.org/winter-2020---childhood





Monday, 11 January 2021

 Gaping


We found a gap in the fence.

Someone had made it, 

that gaping hole in the wire,

hoping to climb through, 

hoping to head towards the light, 

to leave the darkness behind,

to escape the madness here,

hoping,

hoping.

But now the light has become too bright.

It’s blinding us.

We can see less than in the darkness.

Our mouths open, aghast

with the horror of it all,

gaping,

gaping

through the gap that leads to nowhere.


https://visualverse.org/submissions/gaping/


Friday, 8 January 2021


 

https://onceuponacrocodile.weebly.com/amalgamation-by-lynn-white.html

Thursday, 7 January 2021

 Our Street


This was us

our street

before the bombs fell

and turned it to rubble

and ashes

and turned us to dust

and ashes.

This is us

our street

where the lights shine brightly

and the Liquor Store is open

for party goers,

where the buildings

stand neatly in line,

where tomorrows are

as predictable

as todays

still.

This is the US

where the bombs don’t fall.


https://www.bardconvirtual.com/beat-gen-anthology.html?fbclid=IwAR0xjldl8DkPWdHG911qMEIGG8dPfgNAvJPsMqlwY9EnGR10sGqsyS7-Qus


Tuesday, 5 January 2021

 Imagination’s Real


Back in the day 

before elderly women 

preferred to become blonde,

grey turning to blue was common.

“Look at that lady there, she’s got blue hair.

Look, mummy!” he said loudly, 

“I don’t like blue hair, do you!”

as she squirmed with embarrassment.


Blue was a dead give away 


of aged artifice

as, unlike blonde

natural hair can never be blue,

it doesn’t bend the light like feathers

to make that specialist refraction

of reality.


So it was a dead give away


of pretence

or fantasy, 

of unreality,

or imagination.

But sometimes that’s perfect,

perfectly fit for purpose.

“Look at the horses in that painting.

they’ve got blue hair! 

Look, mummy, look” he shouted, 

“I like their blue hair, don’t you?

It makes my imagination real!”

She laughed in agreement 

and thought there was an artist in the making.


https://asitoughttobemagazine.com/2021/01/04/lynn-white-imaginations-real/







Saturday, 2 January 2021

 Faces of The Sun


The sun has many faces,

sometimes covered,

sometimes not,

but she always smiles,

a little lop-sided smile, 

a wide welcoming one,

a beam of complete happiness, 

there’s always a smile.

So I shall  cover the wall 

with her faces,

with her smiles

and the sun will smile at us

each night we spend together.

Yes, even in the night

we shall see her smile.


https://www.ekphrastic.net/ekphrastic/ekphrastic-writing-responses-mithila-paintings