Portland window

portland window by phil burns

portland window by phil burns


I gaze from the hotel window
at downtown sidewalks slick with rain
I know that soon I must leave Portland
and that I won’t be back again

the city sleeps on deep within me
its beauty reaches for my soul
my wanders often seeming random
are sometimes outwith my control

once again I’m enervated
fearing where I soon must go
my life recedes beyond my vision
hiding truths that I must know

my dreams now leave me quite unsettled
their meanings far from making sense
in this last I have a partner
against whom I lack defence

but when I stare back to my chambers
where I believe I spent the night
it is not she who lies entangled
but someone else unrecognised

other thoughts escape like whispers
not quite caught amongst the winds
intangible and half-remembered
they float away on silent wings

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leaving vancouver blues

vancouver bc by anelephantcant

vancouver bc by anelephantcant


he sits silent on the greyhound
as it slowly moves downtown
the past is close behind him
treading on his shoes
his mind is filled with emptiness
leaving vancouver blues

he sits pensive on the greyhound
as it travels south at speed
the past is left behind him
dirt falling from his shoes
his soul crowded with loneliness
leaving vancouver blues

some places leave a mark on you
some people do that too
some places you have never been
some you want to go back to
some people you have never seen
some people that you miss
some people you might think about
your mind will not dismiss

a fleeting thought an untouched hand
no words no might have been
the past is far behind him
like laces from his shoes
his heart is choked with nothingness
leaving vancouver blues

vancouver bc by anelephantcant

vancouver bc by anelephantcant

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edge of sight

edge of sight by phil burns

edge of sight by phil burns

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then through the darkest hour of night
we see a glimpse
a hint of light
a candle flickering
nearby
or a glinting star
in distant sky
and in the very edge of sight
perhaps a subtle flash of white

we venture on our worry slight
we see no need
for fear or flight
a shadow moves
catches the eye
we hear a sound
a sob or sigh
the heart may tell us what is right
but the price of love defies delight

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The Wedding Scene

a marriage of inconvenience by phil burns

a marriage of inconvenience by phil burns

The ice was cracked and spiky
The glass was smashed and green
The water black and filthy
But her hands were soft and clean

He was tall and wore a soft felt hat
He stood in front of the TV
No one could see the wedding scene
So they turned to torture me

The bride was bathed and lovely
Her lingerie was white and fresh
The window was wide open
So I watched her as she dressed

He was in a smoked-glass limousine
We hadn’t met in twenty years
When they replayed the honeymoon
The men were all reduced to tears

A cloakroom overflowing
With hats and scarves and gloves
Our long black coats showed danger signs
As they dragged across the dust

She said come back here later
I will take you to my room
There were cats and kittens everywhere
She thought I was the groom

She said she’d have them all removed
I will make it spick and span
If you will lie with me tonight
You will always be my man

I was too old to be there
I left quietly while she slept
The sky was dark the stars were bright
I was happy yet I wept

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calanques

calanque by anelephantcant

calanque by anelephantcant

Listen here:

cliffs
steep and rocky
enclose
a crescent of sand
kissed
by murmuring waters
of silvery
sun sparkled
sea
a cloudless
blue
Mediterranean sky
lazes
over the beach
hushed
by the sound
of constant surf
breaking waves
white flecked couriers
sand
swishing
pebbles
trickling
rocks
rumbling
and yet
cigales
on olive
and pine trees
still are heard
singing
their subtle song
while
beyond the reefs
mermaids frolic

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dream trickles

dream trickles by anelephantcant

dream trickles by anelephantcant


as the morning light
softly
dispels
the shades of the night
which linger
carelessly
behind small buildings
under verdant trees
beneath tumbled hedgerows
so the waking mind
anxiously
futilely
forlornly
follows the cloudy fragments
of a dream
as it trickles
temptingly
elusively
achingly
through the crevices
of consciousness
slipping
barely seen
behind
pillars of reason
columns of sanity
walls of understanding
built to protect
the soul
from
innocence
terror
truth
leaving behind
wonder
confusion
and an almost tangible sense of loss

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rock n roll

rock n roll by anelephantcant

rock n roll by anelephantcant


the day gives up its brightness
the sun smiles behind the hill
the tree shows off his profile
but the wind decides to chill

the waves are teased by gull wings
as they dance towards the shore
and pebbles play their music
it’s rock n roll for evermore

the jetty reaches outwards
as though to stretch her muscles
a dry leaf tumbles through a gap
whispers and gently rustles

the rosy dusk now paints the sky
in the colour of my heart
pink and purple turn to black
now forever we’re apart

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