Velvet White



the nipping is intolerable

the mind arches in

its cauldron of

molten manipulation


but the warrior

wreathed in jasmine

slides into place

and touches the heart

with the tip of her silver sword

manifesting love

I am granted respite

amongst the velvet white


Somewhere Lions Roam

my response to Rainer Maria Rilke’s Duino Elegies  , below is the fourth of ten poems.


The decree so weak,

the care so false,

that glazed windows battered by sand, clatter and shade….

The dark dancing is set to fool and huddled children shake against peeling skin.

Glitter is medicine sold by winking monkeys.

The silver oil is for dreamers sinking in blossoms, eaten by ants

and bathing in fountains flanked by old wizards.

Just keep spinning and avoid the funeral tune, wedging planks to hold your heavy lids against the fluttering.

We exist here in dirty, self-imposed contradiction

whilst somewhere

over prickling grass

she strides

emboldened feet

absorbing truth


Pure Constellations

a response to Rainer Maria Rilke’s Duino Elegies  below is the third of ten poems.





cloaked in dirt

stirred by ozone

I am a chorus of stars

a clarity of pulsing tone

old kings may issue from golden tombs

lit by the fire of pure constellations

faded ink may roar bloody fear

but i am only



and glass planets circle me

there is nothing here in this toy kingdom

in this smelter for colour

nothing but a

fragrant  exhalation.


I Serenade You


a response to Rainer Maria Rilke’s Duino Elegies  below is the  second of ten poems.

Noble words revolve

like wisps passing through my stars

touching grace.

A temporary, fractious glory

flings my arms like backward wings

with feather tips,

spread in sweet torture.

Wandering tension throbs in this dark belly of thought,

the first birth or dismembering of consciousness,

buttering me with music

sugaring my experience

gifting me with choice

to see the autumn harmony

falling on invisible shoulders

and nuzzle in to hummus here.

OH luminosity and wrath,

what is my excuse for garnering golden borders

where only liquid song slides?


Ebony Universe


we collect

in colourful patchwork

to individuate


Ebony Universe