Dawn tracks

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This train dashes into the night

Below a sky of stars and moon,

Spouting warm, puffy clouds

Into the cold air of the mountains –

Of thoughts and hopes and dreams;

The tracks lead on and on

Ever far away, always somewhere new,

It chugs down the river of steel

And yet all is silent :

Not even the engine comes to break the peace,

Sometimes when a tunnel

Chokes all the world away

The travel becomes bleak

And the traveler dark,

But always, somehow, he finds ways to express

And orient eve towards morn

Until the sun rises and boredom fades in hues

Of pale opal and their vast palette of hope;

If you are patiently curious

Do go ask the old conductor,

He has a thousand and one stories to share.

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Keep

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Life is life

And the way it goes

Is away.

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Ce n’est

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Another drought in the old well,

Rivers have gone asleep elsewhere,

A tired voice mutters a curse

Wherein all magic must be lost,

The guardian’s heart shall lurch and swell

And his parched tongue stifle a swear;

Ripples echo into the verse

And so the price is worth the cost.

There lies a box of Pandora

In which is lost all that is won,

Still, chains may yet create sweet tunes.

There tick the clocks of all aura,

Time is alpha – master of none,

Even when rise twin silver moons.

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I… Uh… Yeah…

Cher journal

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Aujourd’hui je t’écris depuis une lointaine

Et paisible retraite où coulent mes vieux jours,

Je regarde le ciel et admire la mer,

Non sans regret, sans peine, mais je noie mes cris

Car ci, et pour toujours, la douleur n’est soustraite

Par aucune eau amère d’un coeur artificiel,

Ceux-là, voyant ma penne, hissent en néo christ

Quelque idée abat-jour tracée de main distraite

Et donnent aux chimères allure de six ailes,

Moi, d’office conscrit – bannière puritaine -,

Ne tord et maltraite que des belles-de-jour,

Autel sacrificiel des plaisirs éphémères.

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Petit exercice de passe-passe avec les sons.

Mare lunar

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Just as a beach of sand is forever stranded

Or a forest of leaves are lost into the woods,

The starry skies of night shine deep into my eyes

And yet I cannot see for darkness is in me.

Just as an open wound with a scar is branded

Or a smile is happy and a tear ever sad,

Just as this perfect role becomes but a disguise

Swept by a coarse wind of restless serenity.

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A series of relatively poetic images.

Wanted

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You have passion? You have good verve?

You like action and excitement?

New things to leave? Need incitement?

Do you believe that you deserve

Another chance to show your worth?

Or to give meaning to your birth?

To be the lance forefront the earth?

We are gleaning talent and mirth

And we need you in our program!

The right are few, others are wrong,

We seek brilliance, we seek the strong!

We seek valiance in potential,

But no prior, nor credential.

You are on queue, a photogram.

Yes, we do hire, with your accord,

All you desire; are you on board?

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Once again, having ‘finished’ this piece (meaning I have written all I feel I should have written/all I needed or wanted to write), I feel as if I do not completely know or understand what I wanted to achieve or where I wanted to go. I have a vague idea – a feeling, an image – of what I meant, and an interpretation but it remains partly unclear (and will probably remain so for some time). Also, it feels like it still lacks something, some sort of tenure or substance that I will have to come back and add in the future. I shall see, time shall tell.

As often, a mix of bittersweet, clear and obscure, light and uneasy feelings while reading.

Rest

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She was sitting there, by the window,

Her face sullen, full of sorrow,

Such a young face, yet a widow,

For her, no today, no tomorrow;

Suddenly the wagons began to rumble

And as the wheels began to roll

She felt the strain, she felt the toll,

Oh if they could hear her heart crumble,

The fated train rocked on away

And she let its slow rhythm sway

Her wounded soul, lull her spirit to rest;

The sky had long cleared of the smoke

When the landscape faded and the yoke

Melted in a salted flood on the old leather vest.

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The peace of the weary is no rest.

She Was Ital

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She was a magician and she was her white dove,

she was the hand of steel and she the velvet glove,

she was ammunition and she was the canon,

she was the faithful seal and she was the danaann,

she was from the deep gorge, she yearned for the high cliff,

she took upon herself to make self of her ‘if’,

she was the mighty forge, she the godly smithy,

and of her loving delph she made burning pythy,

she was of great beauty, she, beautiful greatness,

she was the proud peafowl, she was the graceful swan,

she honored her duty, she was left with her dress,

moonlighted, broken howl; together they were one.

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Imagine a meeting that shall never happen…

Promise

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In about three week’s time,

Not long after the year

Once more be gone anew,

I shall release the fear

Without figure or rhyme –

Though without losing mine –

And untangle the vine

And its twisting sinew

To attempt to express

What I have left to guess,

I will attempt the leap,

Surrender faith to jump,

To keep face don’t undo,

For I can no more keep

This growing painful lump

That time and space plunder;

To hell with sage senses!

Be it my Waterloo,

Mine the consequences

Were I broke asunder…

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Do or do not, there is no try.