Halcyon

An ancient drum beat heart,tuned to mother's rhythm, Our sound travels through this sea's caress in waves, Soft against new skin.

Ripples of wonder in dark sanctuary, Of my lot in the world outside, Between love and indifference, till flesh and time collide.

A return to forgetfulness, a new seed of the universe, Yearning to be expressed, felt, heard and caressed.

Mother... Father.... Oh the dreams I've searched for your hands.

Dominance

It would seem that at the heart of the human struggle to evolve is a primal lust for control. The most pervasive being man's relationship with nature. We live in an insidious paradigm that seeks to subjugate and extract the essence of the ecosystems that support our very existence. Confident in our arrogance of no repercussions. The spirit of an aggressor captured in the words of Francis Bacon "For you have to but follow and as it were hound nature in her wanderings".

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Brothers

Brother...My eyes swim in a retreating light, between the shadows of our twin plight. Our hearts gripped by winter's collar, Furious and blind, bleeding summer.

I ache for a return to those times, When as brothers we'd trace those hills and rooftops, unknowing of this end.

For were our lives not writ with the ignorant ink of men? Wrapped in traps of intellect, Wearing muted masks to cast illusions of strength that fool none.

Hostage to our tragedies, Only to find fleeting solace, at the bottom of a bottle, estranged from feeling.

Yet even as we raised our walls and our voices, We were loved... By the casualties of our silence, Beyond our deepest afflictions.

May we be candles to our children...

These Streets

This evening as I walked along streets I've traced countless times before, a thought took hold. 'How wonderfully fragile and changeable the human mind is'. Years ago, upon these same streets I'd nurse tales of woe and be unkind to myself in the basement of my mind. As those streetlights glared back at me, I was a particle of dust , bereft of hope and significance. Even contribution was an act of existential guilt. All this heavy on my spine as I wearily trudged through the days. Yet through the days, the months and years that were to unfold... Came a new way of being. Seemingly through attrition, the roots of despair came to wither. Exposed by questions. Starved by the ascension of gratitude and choice. No longer frivolous intellectual notions but palpable truths of the day to day realities of living .As the grip of victimhood unraveled, there was space for new things to grow. New colours where there was only black and white. New layers above a greedy undertow. A life richer than binary choices. The capacity to receive love.

What contrast upon the same streets, within the same skin. What capacity we have to shape and shift our perceptions. But is not only human to forget this power we wield? How vigilant and compassionate we must be to ourselves and others as we scale the mountains and swim through the oceans of circumstance.