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.
Nothing But A Broken Dream
See through your eyes
Of tainted glass
Tell me your lies
That I believe.
Like snakes in the grass
Hiding from their prey
Your mouth tells the stories
But your eyes betray you.
Your eyes betray you.
You can’t keep silent
From the animals that hunt
Walking the streets
Stalking your dreams
They’re out to get you
Even if you run
To comforting arms
Or the security of high places
That only memories may find.
I’ve never had broken dreams
And I’ve never felt pain like that
It tears my heart a million times
To look into the faces of the blind
Who listen to every lie you speak
And believe every word that you say
With unwavering conviction.
(NOTHING BUT A BROKEN DREAM; By A R J Abranson; 14-03-93/14:13; 03-01-94/23:47)
Wild Card Symphonies, Cry To Me & This Graveyard Heart are Copyright ©2015, Angus Abranson. All rights reserved.
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