The boy, in his thick coat
And trousers, boots
Tightly wound against ankles,
A flexed knee and firm
Grip, began his climb.
One single forward, upward
Step pressed against the might
And volume of the rising Earth
In front of him, became
A chain linked route of […]
Somehow old slopey paws
held our universe together:
the beat of her tail on the carpeted floor
called out the rhythm of the day.
First thing in the morning, mouth ajar,
tongue loose and ecstatic she waited
for her pre-breakfast run across sheep filled fields.
Twice daily […]
Make jungles in hourglass urns
That smell of pigeon water
And rain with grey lichen
Lining their hips in inky colonies.
Blue dragonflies arrive
Around the golden pond
With lily leaves in the middle
And grasses at the rocky edge:
The sound of water falling
The ancient firefighters of Japan
Entered the house of the fire
Darkened and dowsed in the coldest water;
In thick blue kimonos and high, ear flapped
Hats, they’d run, drenched, into the orange heat –
Their broad black backs passing quietly
Between the vanishing branches
Of flame, […]
There’s a monster in my school bag.
And he likes to eat my homework.
When I slide my books into my bag
They are all smooth and clean,
But when I take them out again
They’re chewed right out of shape.
Nobody believes me when I say:
shining on rooftops,
lying along pavements
like blankets of smiles.
breaking through treetops
like the shimmering fingers
of God’s only child.
each child with a snowball
rolled in their hand,
armies of laughter conquer the land.
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