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.
One By One
Listen to the hidden hours
That fall white in the rain
Hearing the breathless cables
And take a look around.
Forever you’ve trusted who we are
Going down the line to heaven
Driven together and given hell
But still she burns incense
Like the oil from the wells.
So quiet, it’s hard to hear
The sound of an assassins gun
And the death of romance
As one by one, by one,
A million hollow faces
Fall down in a corpse of tears.
One more night spent
Watching proud England fade away
As all the countries around her
Come crushing down to the floor
And everything seems….
And everything just seems….
(ONE BY ONE By A R J Abranson; 26-04-92/11:10)
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.
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