(Poetry) Spaces – MkI

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.

Spaces – MkI

The purity of hours

Spent playing in empty spaces

The sweetness of colours

When you’re alone in the dark,

When it should really be day.

The closeness of those nightmares

When you awake in a sweat

In a different bedroom

In a different bed

There’s too many empty spaces.

Mind the gap,

But don’t fear where to tread

Turn your eyes to heaven

With coloured intentions on your mind

And poisoned replies for your answers.

Is it just me or is this toyhouse we live in

Getting over-crowded, getting repulsive

With the stench of sweat

Of those whose prayers

Have turned towards the Salamander

Through the furnace of heat

Fuelled with the embers of human life

And the stupidity of those who hold the key.

I have the art of memory

And I hunger for the purity of empty spaces.

Lunatics dance to an orchestra of screams

From a new age of holocaust

Brought about by paranoia.

Welcome to the ghost of the toyhouse

Welcome to the planet Earth.

(SPACES – MKI; By A R J Abranson; 04-01-92/22:02)

My poetry anthology, Wild Card Symphonies, is available to buy now on Lulu in both Softcover and Dust Jacket Hardcover.

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Wild Card Symphonies, Cry To Me & This Graveyard Heart are Copyright ©2015, Angus Abranson. All rights reserved.
Cover design by George C. Cotronis (Ravenkult Studios, www.ravenkult.com) Copyright © 2015 Angus Abranson
The moral right of the author has been asserted.
No reproduction in part or in whole without prior written permission from the author of the copyright owner.

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