Smoulder and Ashes

Lightening strikes fire into the depth of the ancient

It smoulders silently

Waiting for the wind to turn it.

Rich ash adorning its feet

 

Seeds blow on gentle breezes

Landing delicately

Testing soils

One stretches itself tall

 

Not satisfied at all

 

An upgust

 

Above the canopy

It flutters mysteriously

On a marionette?

What hands guide it?

Where shall it rest?

Boughs stretch open across the land

Cupped tenderly towards it

 

An upgust

 

It continues to seek

 

The Ancient smoulders gently

Wealth at her feet

Stand Out

I wait

Patiently

 I wait

 

As the plain

 The simple

The skilled

 The talented

Parade before me

 Masquerading themselves

 Craving attention

I stand as one within the crowd

While they wave and cheer

No one stops.

I wonder as they all leer and encourage themselves

Repulsion tightens the throat

 

Who can stand it?

 

Bring forth a  Knight on a stable steed of Wonder

With a sword of Truth

And a helmet of Courage

 

Show him to me

 

And I will follow him anywhere.

 

Tea

Fill this cup with water and milk

Stir it firmly

As the sugar melts slowly

Deftly following a path well tread

All is known

Nothing need be  said

No need to look things over

Occasionally

Hands held tightly

Or one pats a shoulder

A smile lights up your face

As you sip your tea slowly

 

 

Madonna

Idols sit high above heads of worshippers

Locked away in tall towers

Fantasised about

The warm and supple walk dirt paths that stick to them

Feet are caked in the earth they travel

They wash it off to stand in the presence of something greater than themselves

The sun sets and eyes follow it

It calls them to places that are unknown

While religious monuments stay locked away

Holding idealism in their outstretched arms

Madonna stands graciously offering redemption and kindness

For a shiny penny or an act of penance

 

My feet shall retain their dirt

As I pass by Madonnas door

My eyes shall remain downcast

As fallen as an apple to the ground

For dust is my kin and earth is where I shall return

If I lie in it to rest

Or stand in it to live