joe2poetry

Poetry from a Dublin Scientist

Beat Poet

The beat poet rises

To the front of the crowd

Rhyme bubbling in his belly

Verse crying to get out

He opens his mouth

Words comes in rhythmic pulses

Linked in perfect synchrony

A beat of verse

So catchy his whole body moves to each word

Moving with each beat in the verse

Across the audience

Others join him

Moving heads, tapping feet

As one, in time with the words

Dancing to the music of the beat poet

Serpent: A Pleiades

Snake hunting in the grass
Slivery glint in its eye
Scales of metallic black
Slipping past jagged blades
Sticking out its forked tongue
Sensing when it is close
Set to strike at its prey

Haikus 13/10/14

Budget tomorrow
Let us see if things will change
Or just stay the same

Story telling man
Cloaked in warm dark-green cotton
Really looks the part

Elephant babies
Two little boys and a girl
Tiny trunks entwined

On the Liffey’s banks
Underneath a bright blue sky
Watching boats go by

Haikus 11/10/14

Liam Neeson rules
You piss off Liam Neeson
You soon regret it

Online writing comps
Never what I  mostly would write
Love a good challenge

Cleaning apartment
Using nice new spray products
Place smells of citrus

Boycott

Who are we?
Mere huddled masses
Bereft of power
Unseen by law
And the cruel march of nations
Except as fodder
For their own self-centred needs
Anonymous save for a number
Simply for administrative purposes

Consent, democratic traditions
Passed over by the bogeymen
Of legal force and the ‘Greater Good’
What that means never quite clear
A hard deal for many
Bonanzas for a few
All in the name of ‘fairness’
Not sure of that one either

But power often forgets
That its strength comes from acceptance
Either freely given or coerced
It is still essential
Without it power fails, law becomes useless
Unenforceable

There may be sacrifices down this route
Deprivations and incarcerations
Possibly blood and tears
But with enough voices
Calling the name of the reviled captain
Victory can be ours

Haikus 07/10/14

New water charges
Many say that they won’t pay
Conflict is coming

I’ve a brand-new cloak
Hooded, in the medieval style
Great for my stories

Only one month left
Until my love is back here
I can hardly wait

Haikus 29/09/14

Sudden Autumn showers
Bringing soaking deluges
Leaves everyone soaked

Date with a dentist
I’m not a fan of the drill
Will regret soft drinks

Submission jitters
Colleague close to handing in
Best to stand well clear

Proposal

Star-laced ring hidden in his pocket
Butterflies in his stomach
Words, like ghosts passing in his mind
What words to choose?
So much seemingly riding on this
A life, a future
Endless possibilities
Split into black and white dichotomy
All riding, everything hinging on
Whether she says “yes”

Changes

See these two
Look between them
See the changes
Subtle, small
Eminently simple
No more
Yet they make all the difference
And between the two
When seen with willing eyes
We can know the transcendent
The ultimate truth
Of what really lies before us

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Image in public domain and courtesy of New York Public Library taken from Wiki Commons
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Written for The Light and Shade Challenge of Monday 22nd September 2014.

Close

Get close to me my love
Feel our bodies pressed together
Hand in hand, arm in arm
Breathing together, swaying together
Moving in time to the beat
Get so close that I can’t tell
Where you end, and I begin
As if we were one
One body, one soul
Because we are
Whenever I hold you close
And we dance the dance of love

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