Along with reams of short stories, and longer attempts at fiction, I’ve written countless poems over the decades. The bulk were written in my teens and twenties and I literally have folders full of handwritten and typewritten compositions.
I’d been threatening to put a selection into print since the mid-90’s. I remember discussing it with an old girlfriend in ’95 but a number of things always seemed to stop me. Part of that was not really being sure if I wanted to share them with the world, part was never having the time to go through what was amounting to thousands of bits of paper – ranging from typed and formatted finished compositions to hand written stanzas on the back of paper bags, or anything I had at hand when inspiration hit.
A few years ago I finally got round to sorting out a collection and published them under the title “Wild Card Symphonies”. Consisting of three smaller volumes of my work, “Wild Card Symphonies”, “Cry To Me”, and “This Graveyard Heart”, the book totaled just over 120 poems. You can buy a copy (plug plug) through Lulu on one of the links at the bottom of the page if you like what you read and want to have more.
Religion, belief, superstition – they have always interested me and are semi-regular themes in much of my poetry. Prophecies is one such poem.
Who sent you here to play with us
Out in this dark surround,
Who taught you how to breathe like us
And what matters that we don’t pray.
You speak of Gods from beyond our stars,
Of things we don’t comprehend,
You tease us with your prophecies
That claim to foretell these coming days.
You bribe us with paradise,
But never asked if we’d prefer hell.
Is love always this bittersweet
Or just to those who stay near to you.
So lonely, the wanderer.
Free from the infection of your words,
Or your policies you say are true,
When they’re just more dogma for the blind.
(PROPHECIES, By A R J Abranson, 23-07-94/08:50)
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