Uncaged Birds

From that moment, when his shadow fell

we children ran amok, mouthing our repressed pain in shouts

betrayed so young by hope of better times now held fast on a nightmare

journey of frustrations, compounded over bitter years in one long-drawn slow, silent scream

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n.b. Stealing from a prompt based on Maya Angelou’s poem “Caged Bird” that includes the line “his shadow fell shouts on a nightmare scream”. I have broken all the rules about how to do this, with apologies to Bjorn at dVerse ~ Poets who set the challenge originally.

CLP 12/05/2020

Siren Call

Seductive, sparkly Switzerland

Iced peaks, conifered slopes

Sun sprinkled, twinkling lake

South-facing settlements

Monied, wealthy, healthy life

Les terroirs ribbed with vines

Life in straight lines

Efficient railways

Fresh air

Beware the lure, the calls

Those wails are not cries for help

Tie yourself to the mast

“This is what the end of the world will sound like”

In seductive, sparkly Switzerland

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n.b. Nuclear attack warning sirens are tested on the first Wednesday of each month in Lausanne.

It’s a kind of national vanity project; the assumption all this might be saved, or indeed is worth saving, were the sirens to go live.

Quotation, “This is what the end of the world will sound like.” By Matthew Wake.

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CLP 05/02/2020

On the Threshold

About to step out

A new day, another world

Close the door gently

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n.b. This advice from a colleague of many years ago, whose name I do not recall, but whose face and kind words I have never forgotten. I pass them on here, admitting that it not always advice I followed when younger. I pray that when my final stepping out comes I am able to close that door gently.

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Dedicated to Simon at APG.

CLP 14/01/2020

Nothing Matters (II)

Cross the River Styx

With just enough for your fare

Nothing else required

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n.b. For all our possessions and wealth, however great or small, it is no good to us when we have died. A couple of pennies on the eyelids to pay Charon for the crossing to the other side is all we need.

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CLP 15/12/2019