Addiction

You’re choking, fiercely spluttering In depths of darkness, as the weight Of all your failure presses down And alone, you scream in the night   The surging fire of your heart Creates a muddled stormy mess Now all your self-control destroyed You sink into mania’s clutch   Burning overtakes your senses Leaving them numb, except... Continue Reading →

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Adieu

Adieu, I hear her whispering A bitter sigh upon her lips Her body’s ache is audible Her pain shimmers before my eyes   Her face is blank with resistance Yet I see her grim turmoil as It wreaks havoc – beneath her brow Lurks her mind’s unrelenting ghost   I want to touch her, and... Continue Reading →

Premonition

I have the same dream, over and over Where I’m running as though I’m trying to Reach infinity Picking up the pace, across the green fields I’m running as the clock is ticking, and I must reach the sea   Then I am there, the water before me A carpet of blue that reaches out... Continue Reading →

The Dawning Night

The sun, she stoops to kiss the sea Reluctant touch, as fatefully Her colour bleeds away from sight Cedes to murky realms of twilight But until then she glows fiercely Defiant of her destiny Rebelling against her night foes Though caught in death's spasmodic throes Up above an erupting sky Signals to all a warning... Continue Reading →

Prophet

The sweet light that you bring, shining To the depths of my stormy mind Filtering through the tears, it makes The most colourful of rainbows   Then in the sanctuary of your calm This peaceful place, love seizes me And holds me tight, while watering Seeds of hope you long ago sowed   Are you... Continue Reading →

Only you

Only you can put a final end To the darkness that consumes your mind Only you can take that last step and Leave the wounds of your past far behind   Image: Edvard Munch, The Scream

Distraction

You’re most vulnerable Absent distraction Nothing to hide your Bubbling emotion   You thought the reverse That with time and space You’d at last find a Break from your mind’s race   But there is no calm No stillness and ease When really, deep down The soul is diseased   Image: Edvard Munch, The Day... Continue Reading →

Earth spirit

I remember when the earth was born When she was young and healthy and free The forests were lush, the rivers flowed With the passionate force of the wild   I remember I’d dance in the woods Wearing nothing but a cape of leaves Across the soil I’d stride barefoot, to Bathe in water that... Continue Reading →

Regret

-- A standalone extract from my new book, about a mad painter in Renaissance Venice. He sat, up on the terrace, beneath a cloudy night sky that obscured the stars, everything but the moon that had reached the climax of its monthly journey. Even then, he could not make out the contours of that glowing... Continue Reading →

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