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.
Tell me what should I do
when you lift my life so far
That I don’t want anything else
And then you reach down with your caress
And tear my eyes from me
And push me to your exit
Is this how you silence a machine
Tie them down and tear them up
My aching heart you parade before me
Describing things I’ll now never see
Telling me you never felt that way
Afterall, these things happen.
Well this isn’t the first time
And I’ll regrow what I’ve lost to you
And I’ll keep telling myself to trust
Even with memories of betrayal
As fresh as my scars
And as old as my heart.
(EXIT; By A R J ABRANSON; 09-07-95/21:43)
Wild Card Symphonies, Cry To Me & This Graveyard Heart are Copyright ©2015, Angus Abranson. All rights reserved.
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