Stay

Tell her
The things you’ve learned
Staring at stars in their sleep
Watching the sun flare at the edges
Into the clouds

She pulls the pleats into one
These days pain gnaws without remorse
Strains her breathing
As she craves his voice
His shadow. Something

In her thoughts
His face is in the mist
Of dawn
In the coldness
And

The silence
Oh the silence

What an old ally
This one
Sticking to all things
Left behind
Time is no more her enemy

Do tell her
The things you’ve learned

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It’s Been A While

bob ballantyne

 

I have not been active on WordPress for a while. I guess I needed the break. Last year I wrote my final exams after close to 6+ years in school. It was an adrenaline-soaked experience. But here am I. Still breathing, innit?

Novels. Liz, my good friend, introduced me to What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons. Another friend sent me Jhumpa Lahiri’s Maladies.

Then songs. I never went a day without listening to a song. Songs by Imagine Dragons, Coldplay, Twenty One Pilots, Chainsmokers, Jhené Aiko, Bebe Rexha, good God Rihanna…yeah the whole lot. Someone mentioned Jon Bellion. I listened to everything. Also discovered great artistes on Soundcloud.

Movies, no? Not always my thing but 2017 wasn’t bad. Latest sidekick of mine is Black Mirror. I’m telling my grandchildren about it.

Now I’m back again to try to make sense of my life in words on a screen. Hope I get lucky.

I wrote a haiku about the featured image. A little bit rusty but I gave it my deepest breath.

waves against the shore

footprints fading in the sand

teardrops on my lips

Photo credits: Bob Ballantyne via PicsArt.

 

 

April

Thoughts

Ready on the mark

To squeeze through leaden lips.

Eyes eerily stuck

In grey

Hold onto soft sadness

No,

We won’t share 

Our pain-gnawed days

The stars never cease after a storm

What the flesh hid

Is no more

Broken

It’s Ours

there is always that space there
just before they get to us
that space
that fine relaxer
the breather
while say
flopping on a bed
thinking of nothing
or say
pouring a glass of water from the
spigot
while entranced by
nothing

that gentle pure space

it's worth centuries of existence

say

just to scratch your neck
while looking out the window at
a bare branch

that space
there
before they get to us
ensures that
when they do
they won't
get it all

ever.

-Charles Bukowski

RE-BLOG DAY ON BRAINY VERSATILITY!

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