POETRY

A poet is a man who is glad of something and tries to make other people glad of it too.

George MacDonald

Faithful*

 

A Lovely Thing

 

You’re Never Alone With Testosterone

 

We Are Many, They Are Few

A piece written after the Brexit vote, becoming more relevant by the day… It refers to Shelley’s poem, The Mask of Anarchy, written after a worse catastrophe, the massacre at Manchester, known as Peterloo.

 

Lev, the Lion-Hearted Hare

lev   Illustration by Deborah Ravetz

Extract from 300-line story-poem

 

Lev, lovely hare, long-legged, sped

Headlong over tussock, grassy hillock

Tumbled tunnels in the ryegrass

Wheat, rows of beet, threaded

Needle-like through tangled growth then

Angled out over open pasture, fast

Flowing wind rippling fur

He within it arrowed

As a salmon in a stream or

Falcon, falling death, descending like a dart.

 

Lev with his brother

Half-brothers and sisters

Tribe of browsers, nibblers

Under the hedge at the edge of morning

The first pale promise of dawn, drawn

Out to the bounty of fields, savouring

Sap, sorrel, clover

Crimson and white

Bitter vervain, vetch

Bitten bark of elder

Willow, aspen, apple

Bursting onto the palate, crushed

Coursing through blood.

 

Trickster, whiskered twitcher

Twisting this and every which-way

Ever-waking watcher

Eye bright

Ears silken sound-receivers

Each fine fur-fibre wired, tuned to

Every tick, click, cry, shudder

Of drumskin earth at fall

Of foot, claw, pad of paw.

Tensed in the light electric air, hare

A-quiver, aspen-hearted dodger

Dancer, fencer, puppet

Strung on a thousand strings.

 

Lev left with his brother, Bel

Born as their mother died

Orphaned at the roadside

Fostered by fortune, fending

For themselves, their first meal her last milk.

 

A COUPLE OF QUICK ONES:

HAIKU

haiku

 

I take a walk to find a poem

A rhyme that’s never quite at home

But leads you, like all roads, to roam.

 

*Faithful. This poem is based on these words by Rudolf Steiner –

Let your loyalty to another human being come about in this way:  there will be moments — quickly passing by — when he will seem to you filled and illumined by the true, primal image of his spirit. Then can come, yes, will come, long stretches of time when your fellow-being seems clouded, even darkened.  But learn at these times to say to yourself:  The spirit will strengthen me; I will remember the true, unchanging image that I once saw.  Nothing at all — neither deception nor disguise — can take it away from me. Struggle again and again for the true picture that you saw.  The struggle itself is your faithfulness. And in those efforts to be faithful and to trust, a human being will come close to another as if with an angel’s power of protection.