She Watches From A Distance

Bare foot, clad in white,

She watches from a distance,

Skin pale, her frame gaunt,

I steal a glance, she shrinks.

Dark eyes appear, a skeletal hand,

Curious and scared, childlike.

White waves crash below, great sadness

trembles through soul.

‘Swim back to me’,

Solitary tear flecks cheek,

As I sense her return.

Muddy hem of her dressing gown, trails behind,

Close my eyes, soft brush of cloth,

Eyelids slide open, grey gown spirals past,

Down below, black shadow fades beneath waves.

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A Leaf Spirals Through The Air

Red fire engulfs the land, scorching bright,

Strong wind that cuts through trees, scatters ash,

Tall grass devoured whole, blistered rash,

Large surf submerges all, lunar knight.

Loud hiss explodes into purple night,

Dull growl behind the clouds, mighty crash,

Long fork of light high above, blinding flash,

Deep boom shudders the ground, turns it white.

Rain floods the plains as the heavens part,

Banks stretched as stream thunders past,

Reeds dragged beneath the icy water’s cloak,

Bent branch engrained in earth, jagged dart,

A leaf spirals through air, lightly rests

on fast river, which snakes round swollen oak.

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A Deathly Embrace

The thick smog that clogs the throat,

The chest contracts and shrinks when muffled by coat,

A tense battle consumes within the strained lungs,

The tell tale sign announces its presence,

Its crackling menace,

A strangled cry fights to reach the surface,

Stopped by closing passages, fuelled by furnace,

Gasps that issue through cracked, choking orifice,

A ritual sacrifice,

Stained hands that roll the yellowing papers,

Lips lick black teeth, cracked and chipped,

Flame burns the tip, a near death addict.

A cough that breaks the still, dead air,

Its loud echo fills the bare building’s white walls,

Rows of long vacant benches eat silent space,

A deathly embrace,

A veiled face drifts down the long aisle,

Brown leaves scattered hitherto, a fall’s mile,

The wind whistles and howls, candles flickering,

Stained windows glimmering,

Dark shapes that spread and multiply eerily,

Breath forms on glass, cold and grey,

A pale corpse sleeps, trapped in deep embrace.

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