who are you

who are you by anelephantcant

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who are you

who are you

what are you
doing
to my heart
it stops beating
when you appear
it simply aches
in your absence

what are you
doing
to my eyes
they see nothing
but you
when you are here
and nothing
but tears
when you are not

what are you
doing
to my ears
they listen only
to your voice
no matter who speaks
and to no one
when you are gone

what are you
doing
to my arms
they want only
to hold you
they are
uselessly
empty
after you leave

what are you
doing
to my soul
it exists only
in your presence
it leaves
when you do

what are you
doing
to me

who are you

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clouds obscure

clouds obscure by anelephantcant

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clouds obscure

once we meandered hand in hand
heading in the same direction
today I find I’m out of touch
I can’t see my own reflection

I thought I knew your heart’s desires
understood what we were seeking
but recently I miss the point
I can’t hear the words I’m speaking

a faintly coloured thread has snapped
you have changed though I’m the same
I am abruptly all adrift
I now can’t recall my name

like stars that dance across night skies
I follow where you lead me
as clouds obscure those long dead lights
I know that you no longer need me

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drifting

drifting by anelephantcant

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drifting

drifting
floating
rocking
gently
on a raft
on the Med
in the sun
hearing
gentle
murmuring
lapping
silver waves
seeing
azure skies
tiny clouds
drifting
floating
rocking
like guesses
in shapes
elephants
rabbits and doggies
dinosaurs
careless
as in
without a care
no plan
no thought
no concern
just pleasure
perhaps
tomorrow
but no
only now
rocking
floating
drifting

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different

different by Phil Burns

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different

the smell is overwhelming
the others move away
with angry hands and voices
tell him he can not stay

he is confused and broken
unsure why he was picked
sly smiles at edge of vision
tell him he has been tricked

the child approaches carefree
with a clear unpoisoned mind
despite no common language
says his tormentors are unkind

she points up at the street lights
her eyes are twinkling stars
her words uncomprehended
still reach deep into his heart

the ill-will is forgotten
the mother leads the way
now gentle hands and voices
tell him that he can stay

to be different is unwelcome
except through a child’s eyes
until she too is taught to hate
with bigotry and lies

but he moves quickly onwards
to another hostile town
where angry hands and voices
will bring the curtain crashing down

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drowning

dancing anchors by anelephantcant

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drowning

I wander by the sea wall
around the port of St Tropez
the mist drifts soft across the gulf
the coast like you seems far away

two anchors sprawl across the rocks
tempted lovers touching hands
I pause and watch with bated breath
as they begin their fateful dance

I see rubbish burn in distant fields
dull grey as melting snow
the smoke curls thin on shadowed hills
like love’s ghosts from long ago

waves rumble soft beneath me
sea water salty as my tear
the tune brings thoughts of you my love
their music only I can hear

a shoe floats in the harbour
then starts sinking like a stone
I know just how it feels there
I too am drowning on my own

for once again I’m all alone
like Medville’s rusty anchor
but Venus once brought you to me
for that I’ll always thank her

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edinburgh

edinburgh by anelephantcant

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edinburgh

my friend ate crab and fresh baguette
she smiled in pleasure through the tears
I was surprised to see her there
she had been dead for many years

we had last met in the Grassmarket
she preferred to drive a van then
the MGB GT was quickly sold
I recalled she was a man then

the carpet was worn and multi-hued
it had been changed while I was eating
the old one showed beneath the edge
I knew then that I was beaten

when I asked her what the specials were
the waitress laughed and shrugged
she raised her palms and wandered off
I thought she might be drugged

my brother came but could not help
I thought he could put a mat down
somehow he knew I had no choice
it was time to move from that town

of the six who sat for dinner there
each one had many lovers
I felt that I was out of place
I had slept with all the others

I thought about unfaithfulness
whether she had been untrue
she confessed that they had been entwined
for just an hour or two

my crime had been indifference
her nakedness was subverting
she was not ready to forgive
the future bleak and grey and certain

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a poem

church bell’s chimes by anelephantcant

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a poem

once upon a poem
I fell in love with you
and in a breathless moment
my heart was filled with rhymes
of morning sun
sweet days of fun
soft evenings blessed
with church bell’s chimes

and now I hear you talking
to a friend as yet unknown
your voice is warm and laughing
ah yes I used to know him
and that cuts deep
as I recall
I fell in love with you
once upon a poem

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