EDENBRAY in EXILE – 36 – oldfield

‘Edenbray in Exile’

A Retrospective Anthology of 50 Poems, Articles and Essays

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Is taking the time

Whose taken the train

Or followed the line

To where the end is before the beginning?


Whole nights wasted and forlorn

Pasted in albums

With yellow ends torn

Not even buried, not ever drawn


Fake moments dressed

Cold cake, cold flesh

Peppered bold, worn yet stressed

A layman’s cove



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#Authors Note : I have included this piece in its barest and most basic form as the 36th submission in a 2nd Retrospective Anthology of 50 Edenbray Poems, Articles & Essays ~ Originally published post-2013.

‘Oldfield’ was written out of literary respect for the work of Langston Hughes, a writer who I very much admire and who formulated a style of prose which came to be known by the term ‘Jazz Poetry’. Although this piece does not purport to copycat the style of Langston Hughes its imitation is more in consequence of an attempt to respond in kind by recreating the same rhythm, natural form and the same skeletal structure. What you might term antipleonasm~ edenbraytoday 

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What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore—
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?


About edenbray

I am a writer ... a beat poet who began writing poetry way back in 1966 ... 'edenbray is born ugly, wet, covered in blood, mucous & bodily functions, the effluence of my short life' ... I recently published my 1st solo Anthology - the best of 60 years writing - previously I ran my own Art Supplies Store for 40 yrs before I became a full-time writer I am a Blogger who has posted 1,000 poems - available in 24 themed booklets ... please ask for details + leave a 'like' or a comment for my encouragement, thank you so much for listening - I truly value your opinion on my work ~ in fact I literally survive on your creative input ~ edenbray
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