IslandsongI will go to the Islands-Islandsong by ~TheLastIconoclast
Great and murksoaked stone lands
With the moss and damp and rain-petted
Cliffs that yawn towards the starving sea.
Dead boats, long dead fishermen
And a house given to the dirt and trees.
I've come home, Young Hiram.
The great whales shun me,
They hold long memories- the Whale-king
Who gave his oil and meat and scaffold-bones
To build this place, to feed it's stony children.
How they remember and scream sad songs
Along pebble beaches, rough like pumice
But heavy, heavy with years.
There I seep in, by old tables laden
With kettles and cards, old radios
Dead by the old watchman's time.
O Hiram- such sights to see!
Where the hateful wind wallops down
The grass atop the old hill.
The old boiler rooms sluiced out
By old rainstorms and sunlight.
The seaweed, slick and crying,
Hangs on to the pier which rots gently
Silently, without complaint.
The winds still sigh, sighing through blowholes
And gaps in the rocks, quivering the rockpools
And their tenants. The c
Flat SpawnI passed on by a blockFlat Spawn by ~TheLastIconoclast
Of flats today. A sulky, scowling
Boy bared his teeth at me
And hissed, staring and growling
And bent to take a rock
To my direction, to set it free
Towards me. I curled to bolt
Down past the needle flats
And made myself away.
The keening of crying children
The woeful wail of battered brides
And rainwashed, grey-brick boulevards
Whip past the car window
Like nightmares in a sunny morning.
AdmittanceWill they go out to the fieldsAdmittance by ~TheLastIconoclast
Where idle youths drink their livers away
Or retreat, in quiet, soundheavy hours
To some flop-house or rough sprung bed
To make themselves adults before their time?
Shall they abide their loins to wait
And hold true to old ideals of person hood
Or will they tell their mates of dates fulfilled
And lewd secrets made open air gossip?
How their secrets set my brow together.
I in polished boot and Ben Sherman shirt
Are in my heart horrified yet slap a smirk
On my shaven face and pretend I do not care.
How I do. They pollute each other.
Cargo CultI sit on the mountainCargo Cult by ~TheLastIconoclast
And watch the steel hawk
Roar in the distant sky.
Gift-given by ancestors,
The white-man snatches it
And plunders it for his own.
The hawk bears a coloured shape
Red and sky blue
And a patch of sky-stars.
A sign from paradise
I sit in the cockpit
And see a tribal down below
All paint and poor health.
He looks up at me in awe
A child to his father
Or a rat to the rat-catcher.
The clouds consume me
And the painted man is gone from me.
Big ManYou’re a great big man,Big Man by ~Oswulf
yes a great big man:
now pour another drink!
Drive your great big truck
stamp your great big boots –
and don’t forget to tell me what to think!
Bark out loud,
we all know you own this place!
Take one down
and pass it around,
but do tell it to my face.
Take some pride
in being a swine,
a man without a cause.
Egad, thank God there’s someone to blame;
Lay it on the kids,
sock it to your wife.
Who am I to judge
when one man’s trash is another man’s god,
and your god is the shadow of your life?
So drink your drink,
and talk your talk,
and take my silence as a chaser.
Because sticks and stones might break my bones
and your arms might be the stronger,
but at the end of the day, if it’s all the same, my balls are all the larger.
My Hourglass FigureUnsure and stuttering
you ask me
ask for everything
ask for too much
I refuse to take your pleas
to look at those desperate eyes
overflowing with pent up emotion
Leave me be
watch your reflection bounce back at you from cold glass
I have no time left to give
that's what you want, isn't it?
time, time, time
The sand in my hollow body has just about run out
leaving me empty
with false hopes that I might be turned over
giving me a few more hours on the clock
I used to be a work of art
now only cracked glass
wishing less life was wasted clinging to falling sand
I can give you other chances
if you help me
Fill my cracks with sincerity
repaint my chipped edges with bright smiles
I have yet to be fixed but I know it's possible
only then can I give you the time you seek