Sunday, 29 August 2021

Poem: "You Upset The Grace Of Living"



YOU UPSET THE GRACE 

OF LIVING WHEN YOU LIE: 

LETTERS THE DEAD DISPATCH 


‘the singing of the song 
sustained an echo of the life…’ 
 (Tim Hardin 1940 – 1980)
 

you say 
you hear voices 
in your head, 
and that 
one of them, is mine… 

but if poems 
encrypt the lives 
of the poet 
& we write to 
retrieve and revise 
 our self-deceptions 
of the past… 

if memory, 
and the things that 
memory retains, 
are the way we 
make sense of love 

it seems 
this poem I’m writing 
is all about the you 
I hear in my head, 
a poem of that past, 
and the promises 
we failed to keep 

perhaps 
if we listen together, 
the voices we hear 
might help us invent 
new futures






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