Wednesday, June 4, 2014

On love & strength (for Carol)

above the atmosphere
your love hovers
while angels look earthwards
to where ordinary souls
search restlessly for perfection

beyond the fallen statues
of death & decay
you are resurrected
on this crucifix of wonder
where the world can behold beauty

in the midst of love & hope
I hold you close
while all the gods
close their eyes in awe
& refuse to say a word

The vicious circle

domestic disturbance
in the backstreets
of suburbia

screams
&
four-letter words
howl
thru the naked night
while children
shiver
beneath blankets
with
blocked ears

love
agony
&
those broken bloodied
vows

while
somewhere
in the distance
young lovers
whisper words
of eternity
&
new seeds
are planted
in the fields
of
battle


© Harry Rout 2017

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Parrhesia

some fool
left a poem
out in the sun
where ultra violent
rays burnt
new meanings
into old ideas

the poem
grew so large
it needed
6 tall poets
to carry it thru
the streets
so all the world
could read it

in the end
the poem
became so strong
it had
to be silenced

so it was
captured
&
dismantled
line by line
word by word
&
all things
returned
to normal

On hearing everything at once

thru venetian blinds
it flows
seeping between cracks
riding rays
of morning sunlight
everything out there
becoming
part of everything
in here

a billion satellite
voices bouncing
from
wall to wall
phone tones piercing
&
prying
screaming
crying
laughing
&
dying

electronic information
feeding on internal
organs
an invisible virus
infiltrating inner
sanctums
infecting
&
corrupting brain cells
with
promises of tomorrow

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Slow suffocation in front of the mirror

staring into her reflection
she sits pondering
the imperfections of life
as she slowly drowns
in long dead dreams
& forgotten moments
of bruised & battered love

she knows every wrinkle
on her face
has a poem
buried deep within it
& each weary morning
she covers all the cracks
with cheap make-up
so the world
wont hear her scream

Monday, March 24, 2014

You know you had it coming

I was watching
you stare
into your coffee
with the black
pools of time
drawing you
into the memories
that still
haunt you

lost longings
re-emerging
pulling strings
of revenge
&
resentment
to the surface
where they find
no freedom

when it all
comes back
&
everything's
said & done
there's only one
person you can
lie too...
that's someone else

At the end of the path

This is all there is
death recycling life
eternity in each breath
beauty & ugliness
wrapped in each others arms

All things moving
in the reversal of time
happiness & sorrow
walking hand in hand
with love & hate

Below heaven & earth
many are trapped
between yin & yang
in some lineal dream
of suffering & pain

At the end of the path
there is only this
eternal circle
flowing forever forward
to this moment

Just another love poem

in the end
we are all
devoured
by
the machine

ground
&
gutted
by the cogs
of constant
consumerism

here

see our souls
sucked dry
by
the wheels
of desire
&
the greedy
clutches
of our own
stinking
shadow

in the end

we
are all
swallowed
by the sweet
life

Insignificance & the bigger meaning

Today I took a spanner
& disassembled all beliefs.
Nut after nut fell from
books of philosophy
books of religion
books of science.

Today I disemboweled
all the prophets and intellects.
Cutting thru the hubris
I discovered only
fear & trembling.

Today I sifted thru the mind
of man & stumbled
up the stairs
of power & glory.
I saw the many faces
of God crumbling
at the gates of heaven.

Today I unscrewed
all the politicians
& packed them away
in large wooden crates.
I stacked them neatly
in the corner of my kitchen
& forgot all about them.

Today I saw a rainbow
& went digging
for that pot of gold.

You never see it coming

It pours upon
one like thick
dark disgust

Everything
suffocates

Everything
is nothing

It all drowns
in a silent sea
of manic
screams
while the world
continues
to forget
&
neglect
this thing called
love

Everything
suffocates

Everything
is nothing

It engulfs one
in this pain
that is so pure
it scorches
&
scars
the soul
&
threatens
to linger
for all eternity

Everything
suffocates

Everything
is nothing

But then the sun
slowly rises
&
in the distance
a dim light
appears

A meal fit for nothing

around the table
we sat
with our hungry minds
feeding on a platter
of thoughts
forking mouthfuls
of politics
philosophy
&
a whole heap
of other crazy crap
into our sorry ass
souls

while outside
in the real world
nothing fucking
changes

Flickering embers

an old night
full of fading memories
lost photographic images
framed in the negative
hang restlessly
in the dim
corridors of my past

father watching t.v.
beer in hand
cigarette
brown slippers
my brothers & me
playing chinese checkers
half the marbles missing
from previous battles

in the kitchen
mother...pretending
not to be lonely
& afraid
while all the time
despising all of us
for not helping
to keep her dreams alive