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.
The Man Who Would Be God
“Don’t say a word
It’s already been realised
That my actions were misjudged.
You don’t have to describe
The scene before your eyes
It’s already been
Etched into my mind.
In the moment of completion
I knew I had been wrong
But it was too late then,
I should have looked for earlier signs,
But I wasn’t looking for warnings
I was only after distinction
To swell my fevered mind.
Now if I’m to be remembered
It will be for what’s around you.
War, Riot, hate and silence
And not for that I had intended.
I had intended to create
But they won’t believe it
And I won’t pretend to wonder why…”
(THE MAN WHO WOULD BE GOD; By A R J Abranson; 14-04-93/18:40)
Wild Card Symphonies, Cry To Me & This Graveyard Heart are Copyright ©2015, Angus Abranson. All rights reserved.
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