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.
Hear the whistling
Behind the screen
It’s always there
And it’s inviting you in.
It’s there behind the faces
Telling you lies,
The ones you’ve come to
The ones that control
each and every lie.
It’s stolen into your head again
Subliminals reaching for your eyes,
Too entranced to switch off,
Too addicted to realise
What’s happening through the wires.
Listen not to what the others say
The corrupters, the abused,
Keep your eyes open
To the one and only truth.
There’s a power behind those words,
There’s a power now in you.
Something stirs in vision
Materialising on the screen,
Its command is a million times
Calling for you to come in.
Your life is not your own.
A puppet in control
Of a million liars
From a dozen dreams.
If only I had seen
What you’d really known
Then perhaps we could
Have stopped the unforgiven.
(TELEVISION; By A R J Abranson; 28-08-92/19:15)
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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