Monday, November 23, 2009

2 (a significant other)

tonight I shall disappear
at 12.00 am sharp.
I shall leave behind
both my crystal shoes,
the keys to your palace,
one vague sense of disbelief
a couple of unwatched sunsets
a few piles of neatly folded silences,
the red roses you nearly bought on my birthday
and the corkscrew
which you will
most probably


Saturday, November 21, 2009

Can you read my mind?

‘I don’t mind if you don’t mind
Cause I don’t shine
If you don’t shine’
– The Killers

don’t give up
on us
down this road
with magic
stuffed in
our pockets

lay down
with me
on the edge
of this cloud
and let the stars

stick your
lucky coin
in the jukebox
it might just
our favourite
on random

Can you read my mind?

round the corner
eternity awaits
plus/ minus
a life time
oh, let’s make it

before we jump
we shall turn
to God
and ask
do you want
a mint?

Now put your back
on us...

to D...

Friday, November 13, 2009

Up the Line - a night of poetry and reflection

11th of November, 2009…
7.30 PM

A drizzly cold night…I pulled over by Brockley and Ladywell cemetery and for a split second I said to myself: ‘I could have been home, by the fireplace with a book in my hand’.
But I looked to my left and smiled: ‘Gunsel is as mad as I am…’

We approached the cemetery entrance and to our surprise we found lots of people gathered and waiting to go in.

‘So we are not the only ones’.

Police officers guarding the entry and several stewards greeted us in silence.

We joined the crowd, which has now started to move slowly through the gates.

The darkness embraced us one by one. Candles and lanterns carried by children were glowing softly throughout the cemetery and I could now just about make out the tombstones staring back at us quietly. ‘Do they know we are here? The dead?..’

A contemporary dance (choreography by Keren’Or Pézardhas) started the procession in the main alley, people gathered around watching their bizarre and silent moves.

In the distance we could hear the sounds of a piano so we moved along guided by shimmering lights and listened to Julian Jacobson playing Intermezzo op 117 no.1 in E flat and Intermezzo op 117 no.2 in B flat minor by Johannes Brahms.

And as this was not surreal enough we were invited to watch images of WW1 projected on a huge yew tree. (Line up for war – Film by Kai Clear ( Projection: Declan McGill and Jon Lockwood)

Our steps wandered again and we came across poetry...
Poems by John McCrae, Robert William Service, Robert Freeman Trotter, Bernard O’Dowd, Vance Palmer, Leon Gellert, Judith Wright, Wilfred Owen, Isaac Rosenberg, Rifleman Donald S Cox, Joseph Lee, A P Herbert, Marc de Larreguy de Civrieux, Georg Trakl, Franz Janowitz, Gerrit Engelke, Géza Gyóni, Dimcho Debelyano, Katherine Tynan, Margaret Postgate, Miss G M Mitchell, May Wedderburn Cannan, Cecil Spring Rice, Wilfred Owen, Rupert Brooke, Robert Laurence Binyon.

Scattered all around the graveyards and read by poets from different backgrounds: American, Canadian, English, Australian, Scottish, Irish the verses flew one after another dragging us through the desperation and pain and hope of the soldiers who fought in the WW1.

I would like to point out that distinguishing a poet’s face that evening was a challenge. They had torches attached to their foreheads and were reading from papers held with frozen fingers.

From alley to alley we made our way to the chapel.

We were welcomed with a cup of such needed hot chocolate.
We stepped inside and sat for a while listening to First Movement of Sonata no.1 in G Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach, violin: Yuka Matsumoto.

By the end of the evening our senses have given in to the feel of shrapnel, the sound of canons, the taste of medals made of tin.

It was 8.40 pm, we were still wandering through the alleys towards the exit when we spotted in the graveyard a human figure surrounded by candles. It was Irish poet Joe Duggan

reading from A. P. Herbert: The German Graves.

So we wrapped up the night into the last words of Herbert’s poem:

‘They’ll give perhaps one humble thought
To all the “English fools”
Who fought as never men have fought
But somehow kept the rules”

pictures by Patrick Napier

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

She was here

..and tangled up in ivy
this tomb her humble home
no heartbeat to surrender to
so cold and so alone

a passing cloud of haven
she watches from above
you aching for her beauty
the lips you used to love

these tears of naked sorrow
are kisses that you long
days pass without tomorrow
and no one to belong

for she is now your memory
her laughter now asleep
lay alongside this marble
and weep for her
just weep

Saturday, November 07, 2009


I must confess, I am I guess addicted to Bukowski and for the last few days and nights I've been digging out his books, shredding my nerves trying to find interviews on the net, pictures and generally anything I can get my hands on...

I've been stalking him for a while in local libraries, at Waterstones or any bookstore I come across but the last few days I could not bare anymore so I am putting closure by rewarding myself to complete and utter abandon into him and his poetry.

He holds some sort of power that I crave, dead as he is and 6 feet under, he's so alive, so true to himself so brutally honest..His insights, experiences and life style define the libertine in me, define freedom and life with no boundaries.

I can't get over him..

don't try.. is written on his grave..

so I won't...I never will, tell them Hank, tell them...

Wednesday, November 04, 2009