simple song

simple song
Yon Chome Cafe, Koenji, Tokyo
1993

Arranjuez
Rio Tajo, Aranjuez, Madrid, Spain, photo by Neil Cummings on flickr

just as heaven pleases* the wind can blow just as heaven pleases falls the simple snow just as heaven pleases i may go where i’m let where no man may let me go. i must take stock of what i’ve become i must take stock of what cannot be undone i must take stock when evening comes under the bridge and the cold shadow there. just as heaven pleases the roads fall away just as heaven pleases the wind plays on the hay just as heaven pleases i say what i say heart shown or out of reach heart shown or out of reach

*’Just as heaven pleases’ is a phrase from one of translations of the Daoist text ‘Daodejing’, that I have read, but I no longer know which one.

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Click on the link above to hear a reading of the poem.  The accompanying music is from the Adagio from Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo in an arrangement for solo guitar and performed by guitarist Michael Christian Durrant.

getting it wrong

getting it wrong
mellons bay, november 2019

getting-it-wrong
those dark patches were in it, I thought, not on it…. a Weathercat windward snap

thought those
dark drifting
patches on
sea
were in it,
shoals of
stingray in
formation
gliding
athwart
the tide,
no matter
how many times
was told those
patches were
shadows,
couldn’t believe it,
looking up saw
clouds lighted in
sun, surely not
them?
could something of
the heavens,
something light
as love, light as
leaf shadow, throw
Continue reading “getting it wrong”

screamers

screamers
Panmure boatyard
december 2020

screamers
A Weathercat storm snap, down near the boatyard

in the afternoon
gale the rigging
of those yachts,
jacked up
on stands in
the boatyard,
whips thin
and whistles
like
ghosts
through a
broken bottle
to the rigging of
those moored yachts
out there bucking in it,
their rigging returning
the spinning call
from stays,
the light
cashed out
in silver upon
an album
of sea
grays

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Click on the link above to hear a reading of the poem.  The accompanying sounds of wind in boat rigging were taken from the video ‘Sailboats Chiming in the Wind! 60mins “Sleep Video”‘ available on Youtube.  I had wanted to record it at the boatyard, but it was impossible to organise the wind on the day.

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