Plus four

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Steam-clouded skies bridge the primaries,
while flannels and flappers sport cloches and clubs.
Back-handed memory,
screened by family-friend fondness,
serves to challenge our cared- and catered-for collective;
our idylls now parched pale by the brutal brightness
of mourning’s light.

Island lines

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Sun’s shard
cleaves
leaves
on boughs
shade
bows

boughs
bow to
bows

boughs
bowed
by leaves
to cleave


branch
and bar
warp
and weft
yard arm


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sail
sewn
to set
sail
to Sunset


staining with shadow
staining a shade
staves shade from shards
shards the staves make

stains of shades


p1080762piles of yarns
plied in braid
to bind and
tend
tense
in strength

coil
cord, line, string and twine
vines
spliced to sheets and halyards
in boatyards
of rope walk and cable length
to hoist
ascending
in company of coir chorus
laid
to rest at foot strand
shrouded
clockwise coiled at kink’s rest

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braid on braid
kernmantled
in endless winds

bond and bind
cordage brigaded
five-year
whipped
’til deadspot’s curse


p1080819Isle tidewrack
from the becalmed azure
charge the shore lines
in bend


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clinker-built and carvel both
fretted supporters on compartments green
timber and metal on colour ground
a potent patchwork
embattled
bent, quartered and crossing
the vert-mantled vessels
batoned and banded
like paths of desire
meandering the wreckage
like daddicky spillikins
dogwatching the nebully waves


corrugated custodians
shield
makings and memories
from violence and view

peephole portholes puncture
to tantalise
as
fertile footfalls
turn stony path to story
and art’s journeyman
reels meaning by the yard

door to door


Ardenchild

The common companions of reward and regret
seem to enrich and impoverish
in comparable measure.

My Narcissan impulse unsealed
by a veneer of responsibility and respect,
the ineffectual coatings of a living timber
cut
from a forest of time-nurtured confidence,
where age-rings capture the soot of clumsy shortfall and carelessness.

Compromise and denial whittle me
to a functional form
upon which others feast and celebrate.

Cherry-blossom bleedings
testify to wounds inflicted by a supple sapling
then too bent by deference
ever to bloom a canopy.