PERMISSIBLE TO ASK?

  I take the boat out on the water, rowing out to come into the stillness in this place where space is still displaced. Chez moi, c’est quoi, c’est où ? Il est permis de demander ? Merci, I say, still, when I should just stay still, like this water where I row out, stretching […]

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THE IDENTITY OF AN ISLANDER

  Entity. Identity. I identify. Running gives no reason until you run out of places to hide. Identity. I identify. I recognise now what it means to be connected. A continent can be chaos. An island doesn’t have to isolate. I. Island. I can identify as an entity of this island. I didn’t hear them […]

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PULLING AWAY

The train pulled away it pulled at me pulled all I’d known away, leaving me lost in a scent that was neither you nor I but what we had once been before we’d broke broken and pulled away the train pulled away pulled at broken bits scented, soured, stained and tourists pulled bags this way […]

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UNPACKED

  I have emptied All the boxes, A lifetime Of belongings, A collection Of customs, Compromises, Compulsions, Convictions Combined together To become a whole, A who, A human, I have emptied All the boxes, Found other shelves To place the memories, Other drawers To store the scenes, Other cupboards To carry the clutter, Other colours To […]

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Paris- Within Me

What is it about you that daily replaces you In front of my eyes No matter how far from you I travel? Were you the first one I saw from above With your grey slates, Smokeless chimneys And laddering towers to the Gods? Specs of gallant green Among your columns and follies, Your marching boulevards […]

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Summer Sun in the Marshes

Three boys and a girl, Coasting carelessly From teens to twenties And coping lazily With hangovers Beneath the summer’s sun. One blonde and three browns, Laughing amid golden rays That filled the most perfect of squares In the once marshland of Le Marais With it’s cobbled streets, Men of elegance And women- Who followed their […]

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