(Poetry) Power

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.


In the east the desert sands,

From the west the wind does blow.

I feel a sandstorm growing,

The will of the oppressed

To overthrow.

It’s time to seek for shelter

From the red hot sands,

It’s time to reconsider

The knowledge that we hold.


In the hands of the sane ?


In the hands of the old.

Who goes out to do the fighting,

Obeying all that they are told ?

How many people would complain,

How many would really care,

About a people being slaughtered

When it’s not on our front door.


Is that no one questions.


Is that those who do must fall.

Is this free-speech an illusion ?

Or has someone changed the law ?

In the east the desert sands,

From the west the wind does blow.

I feel a sandstorm coming,

And I run for shelter

As I see it grow,

Taking countries in its embrace.

Running riot to its source,

Running riot to the west.

(POWER; by A R J Abranson; early 1991)

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


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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