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.
Looking over the last five years
Reading the diaries, recalling the names,
Thinking of the strangers
Who used to be close friends.
Where are we now ?
So many laughs in so many places,
So much fun not so long ago.
Then we all grew up and we all grew apart
Getting new lives and greeting new faces.
I miss the names, I miss the people,
I miss all those long ago nights
When we were young enough not to care
About politics and alliances,
And were strong enough to stay together
If anything tried to tear us apart.
Where are we now ?
(FRIENDS; By A R J Abranson; 22-09-95/15:48)
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