Tag Archives: HISTORY

SERGEI .. .

SERGEI .. . Remember well full histories   homeland, where we learned   and lived as children born   to cultures sworn both Russian   as the czar, severe the priests   incense-driven, strict religion I learned to play piano … Continue reading

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THE TRAINS GO THUNDERING BY .. . .. .

The Trains Go Thundering By .. . The trains go thundering by   it is a figure of speech   I sit at the corner of a dusty road   forlorn of much hope The tanks came after   then … Continue reading

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KEALING .. .

kealing .. . I was John Betjeman I was Mata Hari executed at dawn thieves to the left of me saints in red robes to the right absorbed into the darkness today you will be with me you will kiss … Continue reading

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HOWL TWiCE .. .

Howl Twice .. . We met this side of dawn neat satchels on our backs to search and find Zanadu people knew as East Ewell in what was known then as ‘the stockbroker belt’ of the sprawl that was Lond-on … Continue reading

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THE BICKER WOMEN .. .

THE BICKER WOMEN .. . Who wears best this shawl of uncertainty  whose mind is trained of fears furrowto bow at noon – the bells of the Angelus  when blackened clouds of hell descendaround the fair shoulders of the puissant  … Continue reading

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AS LONG AS YOU SLEEP .. .

As long as you sleep .. . As long as you sleep   I will watch over you   to warn you of the crashing waves   the march of time   relentless in its disdain of life Your caustic … Continue reading

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A SOCIAL DRAMA .. .

A SOCIAL DRAMA .. . the czars paid full price .. .  . .. Catapults and carnage the winter solstice it is doneMichaelangelo performingat the Duomo the dying swan Auntie Edie hangs her washingon her taught, rope-twine linehides her knickers … Continue reading

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SCHOOLDAY WINDOWS

Schoolday windows .. . . . Jam on it… Old boots drawn on a blackboard wall   no creativity in the assembly hall kids line up for their detentions   who came late to the roundabout when we were students … Continue reading

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I SPOKE PEACE TO THE RAVEN .. .

I spoke peace to the raven .. . . Peace, I spoke peace to the raven a bird who takes his fill at any quarter I spoke love to the robin, red breasted and fun, a love that lingers longer … Continue reading

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BRAY .. .

Bray .. . Born of a philosophy of stone carved in latin linguistics fashioned from Tuscan clay by the hands of a Michelangelo I bury my head in my hands the long fingers of Zeus pointing at my brow, discerning … Continue reading

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