Long poem by
Elaine George | Details |
Beneath a misty veil of ‘Euphoria’ by Calvin Klein, she dares to dream of acceptance in a world of wanna-be Literary Giants who are members of an elite writer’s group, as she drives along a winding road studded with potholes smaller than most of the ones that have rutted most of the roads she has traveled in the past—
Potholes created by a harsh environment that made it impossible for her to move in a straight line. Potholes so big, that at the age of 16, they forced her to detour from University Row to the foot of King in Saint John, New Brunswick, where at the end of the road, she found a way to earn a living working in a tea factory; where her ring finger was nearly severed as her dreams of a better life gushed red streams, high into the air with every beat of her heart.
Where through the eye of a needle, her life hung by a thread, a life-line that pulled her back from blackness as pain radiated in that pulsating flesh, as those rough edges were forced back together behind a fence of snipped, spiky, black barbs (remnants of that thread), left to remind her there was no escaping from the foot of King.
Yet she was grateful.
Grateful she had survived.
Grateful she was able to return to work the following day to operate a machine that required using her feet instead of her hands.
Grateful she still had a job and a roof over her head after the door to the place she once called home locked her out and left her to lie in a lumpy bed in the seediest part of the city in a dilapidated rooming house with all the luxuries a minimum wage could buy.
It was winter and the room was cold.
With her can of stove-oil having long-since gone up in smoke, she put her coat on and pulled the thin bed-covers over her.
In the gloom, she saw a ray of light (a small white slip of paper) lying on the rickety nightstand (a doctor’s prescription) yet unfilled that would have to wait until next payday.
Eventually those black barbs were pulled out, one by one, from their crusted, ***** pockets, by a doctor who told her not to be such a baby as her screams ran out into the waiting room.
She relives these visions, as she has a thousand times before as she rounds the bend on Regional Road 45 that runs between soggy mud-clad fields covered in pig manure from where a willow weeps tiny green leaves in this record-breaking heat of March. And she wonders how something so beautiful can grow from something so ugly.
And she knows why the willow weeps as she contemplates this strange phenomena in the Ides of March and chooses (like Caesar) to ignore the warning signs. And like the willow, she bends in order to follow the winding road; her hands gripping the steering wheel until…
The wide shank of her wedding band (designed to cover the past), catches on the thick, calloused scar tissue of her ring finger, reminding her again of who she really is.
And she asks herself, how she dares to dream of acceptance in a world of intellects, when the truth is she never even finished high school.
But she did graduate from a Bookkeeping program at Vancouver City College, when she was 22, and took all those night school courses while she worked during the day.
What about all those correspondence Law courses she took when she was in her thirties (graduating with honours) and the night courses she took while working in an insurance office to become a Licensed Insurance Broker? Surely they must count for something?
Yes! But you didn’t graduate from University; no prestigious initial follow your signature, and the only Master’s degree you can claim is ‘A Master’s degree in Disguise,’ says the little voice inside as sweat begins to leak through the foundation of the Revlon mask she wears today in an attempt to cover the thin skin these intellects will otherwise surely see through.
“But I have proof I am worthy of their acceptance,” she replies. Sitting there on the seat beside me, in my briefcase is my self-published book of poems; some of which have won International Poetry Awards and money, some that have been published in other books and magazines. Surely that is enough.
Up ahead, an enormous metal, hexagon-shaped, red flag wearing white letters says STOP. She stops and looks in all directions and, seeing no danger, crosses the point of no return to an afternoon of tea and poetry with what she hopes are birds of a feather.
CONTINUED IN PART TWO...
Long poem by
evrod samuel | Details |
THE CITY AND THE STATE OF PLAY TODAY
No one worries about morals today
They follow the rules they create
So to them all is ok
Those on the outside looking in
Are the only ones feeling queasy
As avarice and selfishness triumphs
Good corporate citizens they claim to be
Industry awards abound on their walls
As thank you tokens from themselves
Yet society harbours a lot of ill-will
As it feels the often brute force of
And destroy mentality
Of people only wishing to make money
Any which way
While Using up all of society’s communal resources
The waters are forever bloody as they
Know no fraternity and would gladly
Cannibalize anyone with no influence
The ability to upend competitors
A cherished characteristic
In a bullish machismo drenched environment
Bullet proof psyches
Absorb and repel any pangs
Blocking any regulatory or chattering classes’
Attempt at nirvana and equality
They employ better paid lobbyist
So always have the upper hand
In influencing policy
The gravitational attraction of money
Towards another even bigger pot of money
Numbs any cautionary instinct
That would take a long term view
The thrill of instant riches
Overpowers common sense
And even decency
Fat cats they all wish to be
The slickness of glossy tongued lobbyist
Who spin wrongs till they become rights
Embolden oestrogen low males with no inbuilt brakes
To take risks that eventually cost them disgrace
They are champions of graft not of society
Loopholes in legislation
That were built in by too friendly politicians
Coupled with ambiguous suits and claims
Cause far reaching hardship when the good old days are long gone
The villains only muster some phantom national pride
When begging for a lighter sentence
Some are forgiven
Others fatally wounded by an unforgiving public
Lots of money can be made both legally and illegally
As one racket is closed another materialises instantly
The conveyor belt of dishonesty
Who is not David to the goliath that is money
The ethos is wealth
The acquisition and the maintaining of gains
Not often acquired through hard work
There is no limit of acceptable financial comfort
For the millionaire always wants to be a billionaire
And the mega rich super rich
Money must always be hidden from the taxman
Shareholders want tax free dividends
Investors want tax breaks for buying with other people’s money
Infrastructure and new runways must be built
But not from the pocket of those who wish it
With their hands outstretched
And always wanting more and more
From a government too eager to please
We have a tax system geared to the advantage of party donors
And non-domiciled moguls and tycoons
Who know no philanthropy unless it is tax efficient
Disadvantaging society by
Never paying their fair and moral share
The largess they reap so selfishly
They wish not to share
Wages are low
Taxes are nil
Only the investor wins as we pay his bills
Fast paced expansionist dogma
Is preached within city limits
Only the highest paid
The biggest company
The greatest profits
They are held up as ideals that all who
Wish to succeed must follow
Gunslingers they all appear to be
Rushing in to capitalize on the wanton success of their peers
The cloud of misery left behind
Is never seen for the look forward
Hindsight is never welcomed in this parasitic environment
The political will to weed out these reckless demons
Is lukewarm at best
The revolving door of government creating opportunities
For industry and industry gratefully accepting politicians post government
Ensures that self-interest is king
An economy built on flawed assumptions of wealth creation
Is one that must forever be in hyper-drive
Creating ever expanding demand and supply
That is as real as a thief’s conscience
When taking the rings off a dead persons fingers
Money must always be made for
There is no alternative
Wealth is good
Poverty to them is laziness
The city is not the heart and soul
Of the nation
It is but one player in a system skewed in its favour
We all must share in the wealth of this country
To ensure its longevity
Long poem by
Brian Terry | Details |
I see no reason for a god
Indeed for any type of god at all
I look around at all the churchmen
The pompous richly dressed ones
And wonder what their founder would have thought
And then at the other end
The shabby unpretentious lot
More primitive, more fundamental and literal
They have however one thing in common
Unshakeable belief in their virtue
and in their God who’s always there
Despite the evils and the sorrows in this world
They prate so endlessly
Sin as defined
in their narrow mind
They cheerfully pray that we can overcome some other systems of belief
by force sometimes.
How can they justify the killing and the torture of other humans?
by their beliefs they are all God’s creatures.
Nobody knows for sure how life was started
But from a simple single cell
We evolved until we’re here
But few accept the clear evidence for evolution
And what about the soul
Of which they speak
What is it?
Where did it come from?
Where does it reside in us?
Where does it go?
Or does it die with us?
That’s if it’s there at all
But my friend you’re just as bad
Your position, or as so stated, is rigid and admits no other view
I’m with you
I also reject the Churches
They are only human constructs
And have been a source of evil
I don’t know if there is a God
A personal God who cares for us
Or any other sort of god
But until I know for sure
I keep an open mind
Where did we come from?
Again I do agree with you
Why did the first cells appear and how?
I do believe and have some evidence
That there is something in our nature
Which yearns for more
Is this a soul?
You really are quite wrong
The simplest hypothesis
The one with least assumptions
Is that something outside of us
Maybe two string theory ‘branes
By chance collided
And brought our universe into being.
Or maybe some vast, uncaring intelligence
Caused in some way unknown creation and then
Left uncaring, uninterested.
If there is an environment friendly to some form of life
It seems to start but we do not know why or how
This cannot be
My holy book tells all
There is a God
He cares for us
It says so right here
He created all
Us and the animals
And gave us dominium overall
You worry about the sin and suffering
You cannot know God’s purpose
How dare you take HIS holy name in vain
All three of you will burn in hell
We didn’t marry for philosophical debate
We married, as we thought for love
He spends all day and often all night
Thinking about, what to us, is unthinkable
What about us?
What is our function?
Is it just to cook and clean?
To run the houses?
To do the shopping?
We all decided that this was not good enough
We started to go together to dinners and to dances
We each met a man we called them Hedonist
They made us laugh and feel like girls again
And then one day
We found there were not four Hedonists but one!
This was a shock
But after long and painful talks
We decided that we didn’t care
And would just share.
After all we did not love him
Nor he loved us
We all became friends but with privileges
But never more than one at once!
I listen to them talk
Their weighty conversation
It is so bloody boring
Never any realisation.
I do not concern myself with such considerations
Life is far too short
And anyway I’ve got to know their wives
They are bored stiff with their deliberations
And bored indeed in bed
So one by one I’ve wined them
So one by one I’ve dined them
So one by one I’ve danced with them
And one by one I’ve slept with them
There’s Stella, Dorothy, Abigail and Claire
They set the rules
Just good fun
Fine by me
As long as nobody gets serious
At that so important final moment
They don’t cry out
A random quantum fluctuation
Or an entity full of hesitation
Or then a again a being so barren
Or even worse a jealous god, primitive man’s last bastion
They shriek out loud
Sometimes my name
Or sometimes it’s just Oh you bastard!
Or sometimes it’s just Oh you animal!
Or now and again Please stop O stop you devil
Then I know my duties done
Long poem by
Vicki Acquah | Details |
The Nature of Things
Birds ATE Worms,
Worms Tilled Soil,
Frogs ATE Flies,
Bees Made Honey,
Fish ATE Worms,
People ATE Fish,
Cats ATE Fish
Butterflies and bees
Grass Grew, and the
Were Welcomed and flew
al aroun' all aroun'
and Were Welcomed,
Life was simple back then.
Preying Mantis fought.
Snails made slime.
And the green grass
Still grew sublime
The trees bowed in dignity
and neutralized the
Pollutants in THE AIR...
Then gave US the Oxygen
and the red clover grew
all aroun' all aroun'
Even the rocks did their part ,
Filtered the water and trickled
it down,to well up Into Springs...
Purified...and the red clover grew
all aroun' all aroun'
That was the nature of things...
when men loved naturally.
Until the disorder.
Who ordered the disorder.
If you if you do not know now.
I won't Tell --To bad for us all.
All I know, It was not that long ago
OK, I Will Tell ..it is
M o N S A N TO...Monsanto !
Now what we gonna do,
wait for our Karmic potion?
What goes around comes around...
and the red clover is
no longer all over-
and the green grass no longer grows
all aroun' all aroun'..
"Round up I would say.
"Agent Orange", the other nay
Every dog will have his day,
stay out the way
of other peoples karma .
Always ring the
alarm when you see
or smell harm
believe in your Intuition.
This is my last poem
In which I will speak
of times past,or will
I speak of blue skies
and babbling brooks.
I will tell you that truth
was written in books.
I will speak of air raids,and braids.
I will tell you how we went from
Empresses and Queens to slaves,
and from Stewards and
Kings to our graves.
I will inform you that people need
to get back on the right tract.
Will ask you to find your
dignity and take it back.
I will ask you to be vigilantes,
and stand up. Before we all fall down.
Before no more green
grass grows allaroun', allaroun'
I would ask you to draw lines and never
let anyone cross your boundaries.
I would tell you that the
herbs and the vegetables
were our medicine,study them
and get to know them again.
I would implore you to
You are more than able
And never follow the crowd.
read the labels
We use to have Songs like
Black and Proud, or War by war.
War (uuugh) "What is it good for"
I would say so much to you
and send this hug to you.
Today I might be dead
and gone, but call on my spirit
and I will come.
Blood Sweat n Tears sang
"there will be one child born...to carry on"
Know that this battle can be won.
And no matter what
stay true to the real you,
whenever in doubt
Shout...the ancestors out ...
We are only a dimension away.
And that my friends is...
"The Nature of Things ".
Long poem by
Nsamu Moonga | Details |
It is a Sunday morning.
The day before was still,
yet eventful and surprising:
sacredness met in holy places
and inspired persons.
Petrified trees and slave traders’ bedrooms;
cattle grazing and the ancient one sleeping.
The quiet sounds of lit boats by night,
and the sounds of men returning home
to meet with the people they love –
those who love them.
They sing and dance around their catches.
The wind carries the sounds miles on end,
conspiring to bring home love never possessed.
The one who loves me never says goodbye.
I am lullabied by the twinkling of the boat lights,
an assortment of colours.
I am awakened by the voice of the one who loves me –
The one I love –
in the sound of the waves of the lake;
the colour of the lake speaks primordial presence.
‘Good night’ and ‘good morning’ are not words any more.
They contain the eternal call to
being still and knowing that where I am is eternal Presence.
I am here to learn how to be human as if for the first time.
I am drawn back to the place
where I learned to walk and talk;
the place where I learned to love and laugh;
the place where I learned to live and leave;
I learned to query and question;
search and never be satisfied by little.
The one who loves me – the one I love –
has known this journey even before it began,
long before I imagined it.
It began in eternity and ends nowhere.
I arise to the awareness that love is
not for the knowing.
It is in the little awe at the
sight of the vastness of a lake;
hearing the sound of the morning wind,
the sound of the waves knocking on the
door of the lake;
delighting in the brightness of the colours of the birds;
in holding on to the fear of otherness in
animals we call wild;
in the cuddle of the one who loves me –
the one I love;
in a mother embracing her child to security;
in the fright due to a sinking boat;
in the courage of a night-time fisherman;
in the drunkenness of a dreaming young man;
in the playfulness of a kapenta seller;
the closeness of a child on mother’s back;
the silences of the winding roads;
the inquisitiveness of a little child;
in the confidence of a babe;
in the enjoyment of song and dance of a grown-up man;
in the pleasure of friendship;
the communion of family;
the embrace of loving spouses;
in the laughter of young lovers;
in the trust of daring divers;
the sacrifices of trench diggers;
the freshness of cold drinking water;
shared dreams and fears;
the strength of the dam walls;
trusting the bridge will hold you;
the welcome of the shrines;
the generosity of those we love;
the daring of the swimming child;
the warnings of crocodiles and hippos;
the heat and the sweating;
the savour of food and drink;
in the beautiful places and the ugly;
the contrast between pools and the lake;
the pain of returning to business as usual;
the tear on parting…
The one I love –
and the one who loves me –
truly never says goodbye.
Long poem by
Christine Phillips | Details |
She maneuvers gracefully without fins or flippers
creating no ripples in deep blue waters
sneaking calmly upon jittery preys
and disguise herself in the middle of the day
A sudden thrust from beneath the fog
she buries herself under a leafless log
with open jaws and gigantic teeth
aiming directly at a block of meat
Drifting towards his muddy feet
abruptly a bird landed on her choppy back
scaring away her most prized prey
shouts and screams echoes from dreams
and she waits patiently the entire day
Many lessons to be learnt
many concepts to understand
but this deadly creature continues to expand
laying eggs in every corner
and breeding in every type of temperature
Silent river swells beyond the challengers might
spanning more than ten thousand meters deep
rocky mountains or dry land
no one can understand this poisonous creature's plan
Swollen lymph nodes crawl silently a shore
while thousands of optimistic hunters
drift mystically to the center
pursuing the bloodthirsty alligator
She breath venomous substance in the air
threatening countless life far and near
smiling and waiting patiently
to capture her stalwart preys
who have missed the track
and have gone astray
On the shore you are powerful and strong
but in the water you appear less than a man
maybe a sardine or a paedocypris progenetica fish
but you are on the menu for the evening dish
You have been running around seeking for answers
but turn to God your only friend and honest partner
spend time with him for a day
listen carefully to what he has to say
and he will show you the way
Exuberant vegetation in or near the water's
This is where she enjoys privacy and peace
In the early morning and daylight hours
she lies flat on her stomach
waiting for you to cross
do not intrude or surprise her
less she rip your pride apart
She lies in an open space with gigantic jaws agape
You could never tell that she is waiting for a significant prey
She camouflage and blend with the environment
drink French wine, eat ice-cream, lasagna and Kebab
enjoys family fun parks and modern entertainment
She is aggressive from March throughout September
and fires up energy from the heat of the sun
if you approach her during this time
you are bound to loose your mind
Why should she hunt for food all night?
When she can just open her mouth without a fight
she will sit there for several hours and wait for you
And without warning capture you in her sticky throat
Father gator has taught her one thing
the best way to catch her prey
is to be friend with him
you can use a bait-hook or a trip-snare trap
but she will never fall into that useless wrap
She doesn’t have to hunt all night
she can swallow you in broad daylight
raw fish and beef lungs If she gets you
You'll be done
©2013 Christine Phillips
Long poem by
Poetryof Providence | Details |
A thousand myriad voices scattered on the wind
decry the human suffering questions will it end
tents in desert dustbowls waiting upon the rain
lives molded in emptiness how long can they sustain
Pandemic the diseases a viral biology
man himself constructed in tubes technology
outpouring chemicals no plant life can escape
pillaging our resources our planets incumbent rape
The corporations interest aim profits in their greed
a force it must maintain your pocket book exceed
desires that are mercenary have plans to you expunge
trash outstrips the landfills the poor in countries plunge
The maintenance of property with empty homes in rot
homeless children hungry sleep in a parking lot
media insinuates you need be owning more
earning of the dollar the dream you're living for
I have seen starvation exists a different kind
a famine of affection to others needs be blind
hedonistic pleasures force decisions to ignore
repercussions down the road contaminates hardcore
The disappearing species on land and in the sea
ones we've not discovered may know them never be
chem. caused deformities in humans also plants
cancer causing agents saturating our advance
Facilities explosions toxic substances are spread
how much can nature take before our planets dead
we all have mankind's mind we know where this will end
to destruct this machine on man we can't depend
Aspartame and PCB's nitrites not a few
pollution of the food supply detriments not new
the really scary thing as this accumulates
greater will its impact be if prevention waits
As mans wars continue a plan for our demise
we barely see the surface that our governments disguise
there's a conspiracy our morality to drown
if you hold to virtue their aim to take you down
In streaming videos what's immoral implant
willingly absorb them its profession is extant
the onslaught overwhelming the pressure to conform
if you don't run with them you aren't considered norm
The barrage of information to absorb your time
new gaming now is free to keep your mind online
even I use this tool to reach inside your thought
every truth you hear is seeking to be caught
here little there little every piece in place
to clean up our planet must destructive thought replace
errors inclination mans programming like a map
where is the intervention to spring us from this trap
COPYRIGHT © 2012 C Michael Miller
Via Duboff Law Group LLC
Long poem by
Vicki Acquah | Details |
To The Youth Of The 21st century 2011
The under 30 crowd needs to check the over 40 crowd, what kind of mess are they leaving these struggling young folks in...Still teaching them that Materialism, Hedonism and Egoism, is the order of the day ,never taking up the cause. " "Yeah Party over here"."shake your booty", spend your money on Gucci, and do not forget to blame the youth. Tell them lies about being good, tell them go to college and go to church.Then you will get a good job, and you wont be beat down, or go to one of those new prisons they are building for you. You teach them to Ignore facts,and speak only opinions,opinions like. "remember boys and girls...all authorities are not all bad" I remember even as a burn victim,in the middle of my pain: I remember the fireman pushing up on me. I felt so vulnerable, I couldn't even talk..memories of that,overrides the pain. The point is they take advantage of the vulnerable so why mention the few that might be good, causing guards to go down. Like they did with the pedophile priest and the people never rose up. Pretending things were normal kept children in harms way,basically no one wanted to leave their comfort zone.
How many hangings and killings, abuse of authority will the masses contend with before the truth is owned ? Younger ones watching the Older ones passing down those Step and Fetch -it...messages ; Cowards, blaming the youth.When they should be asking them for forgiveness for dropping the ball. But instead they drop opinions,ignoring facts... and blame the youth for acting, like they act. This generation is left out in the cold. Trying to survive a new war with outdated ammunition. This is to my young people...I love you...I will never give up on you; But do not amuse yourself to death .Find your serious side,In serious times....take care of your business and then have fun!
This environment is friendly. Organize survival groups... learn to ignore the losers. Use your Wisdom And intuition.Pay attention to details... and know your enemy. Do not react to buzz words...know what " Buzz words" are.! We shall talk later on that ! ...Oh ..Never ever disrespect the givers of life.. your MOTHERS SISTERS OR YOUR WIVES...Even if she's the worse woman you have ever seen. Never rape,or delight in others pulling trains.Take your rightful place. As leaders, remember, most of your road was paved by slaves. Slaves who could barely read if they could read at all! Not much has changed knowledge was even lost! You need to know how to plant and grow. Entrepreneurship is what you need to know. OK ok ! we shall talk later. love. love love...No ego, no hedonism,no materialism. Remember do not "humor yourself to death".
Long poem by
Carol Eastman | Details |
The HR person called me in… I was turning gray… Was he even twenty-one?
I wondered if the interview would go well, as he did fung shui the chairs around.
Offered a caramel expresso mocha late decaf, I told him I took my coffee black.
Alas my friend, it got progressively worse, this: our proverbial generational gap.
He asked me to explain, how I’d be the best personnel fit, for this illustrious job.
Ah! Experience I had in abounds, as I pulled out a 100-page resume, neatly bound.
That question, had me off and running, but I knew, I was in some trouble when…
I saw his eyes glaze over, and he ask me, ‘Have we made it into space yet?’
He smirked, when he ask, about ‘Recent’ applicable education, in the last 5 years.
I condensed my course certifications till he nearly fell off, his crazy chair, my dear!
He ask the projects worked on, unfortunately, all were government secret classified.
So I added some of the numerous skills, that had been applied, till he almost cried.
I started with the job descriptions, but he didn’t like… that the names were so long.
And the abbreviations normally used, in this line of work, almost blew his mind.
Though I also got the feeling, he may have thought that I’d finally, lost mine, since…
My accomplishments had scads of stuff he’d never, ever, be able to comprehend...
You know, ‘things’ about the job, HR doesn’t care about or bother to be clued in.
Luckily all was saved, before the interviewers’ jaw, hit the floor around his chair.
Using a power point presentation, illustrations appeared, giving him a better clue.
I even gave him a burned DVD, set to the music of ‘Live Free or Die Hard’, too.
He ask about items, he’d never heard of, you know, from way before he was born.
But got the feeling he’d be more attentive, talking about a computer game going on.
I didn’t lie about a thing, it’s not my fault some Companies are now closed down!
But I felt things were somewhat a success, as security finally came to lead me out…
Unfortunately, in the end, they hired a young one, and I couldn’t understand why.
He was a quiet, little, studious kid, who didn’t say a thing, but had stars in his eyes.
He didn’t understand any of the work involved, but his pay would be next to none.
But that's whom they got: until that company closed for work that couldn’t be done.
All because the HR Department didn't help them get the workers they did need.
I became self-employed, developing computer games, all the rage! Oh So Sweet!
Yes, I became a millionaire, with my own company, without HR, anywhere seen!
Now, we develop rockets to go into space, where I felt, that HR person should be.
Dedicated to all those Middle aged people stressed out after looking for a job.
Wife and Hubby Collaboration
Long poem by
J Eliza JAMES | Details |
Nature’s Single Dad:
The Australian Emu :
The first 55 days
Emund is busy
partners who’ll put
him to the test.
His pedigree line
has proven with time
that it is now his
turn, to be best.
He hears them emerge
from the bush as
they gather in
answer to nature’s
They dance, and then
go away, they know
they cannot stay;
there is not enough
food for them all.
They dip and they
weave as they mingle
that each has a
With his reputation,
there is no
he is ready to join
in the dance.
‘Bonk! Bonk,’ comes
the sound of another
Emulena!’ he says
with a grin.
Others move to the
side as he leaves
to greet this dancer
as she flounces in.
rhythmic movement of
hips she fluffs up
her boa, it bounces
He matches her mood.
His movements are
as they twist and
twirl in their
He does not fuss
about who takes the
lead, he follows and
their dance now is
With steps that are
light he glides to
he meets her, bows
“Sorry, we cannot
stay longer, we all
must find paddocks
It matters not
whether we all stay
we trust you to know
what to do.”
As she speaks, they
deposit their gifts,
and he hears, as in
chorus they say,
“We know you’ll do
magically, what you
to deliver these in
your own way.”
After completing her
task, Emulena stands
tall and she fluffs
up her feathers once
They follow her lead
in twos, and in
and promenade across
the dance floor.
Left all alone, he
goes back to his
duties and looks
closely at each pale
He checks all for
defects. He sees
they are perfect,
so with care he
covers every one
He sticks to his
task for fifty-five
days in sunshine,
strong winds and
He values each
treasure and tends
them with pleasure
as he, turns each
egg every three
Through his long
lashes he sees
danger coming. He
drops his neck down
like a log.
Feathers flying on
high and red fur
he needs to fool
both bird and dog.
The shells have now
turned a dark bluey
green, there’s an
infertile egg in the
This egg will be
food for his hungry
but he won’t eat or
drink, ‘til they
Each day he looks
up, and turns his
head to the sun as
it rises each
He’ll sit day and
night until the
He knows, that time
to be continued...