Vaticant

The bishops in Rome were having a day Bedevilled by how to increase their pay The witches were burned, the commies at bay But all was not well, “Come let us pray.”   “We’ve all the third worlders needed for now Shone light…

A Canadian Lament

“Oh look, it’s snowing – a fun day aheadLet’s pack in the chores and haul out the sledIf you wake the kids then I’ll prep the vanWe’re off to enjoy a white wonderland.” Done the long undies, the layers of clothesThick socks, heavy…

An Untimely End

The biggest bang began the race Of still-expanding time and space Which entropy may bring an end The sun long ceased to be a friend. Unique that time is tolled by man With clocks and dates and slipping sand Grown less distinct the now…

Me and Mr. Jones

The damn bleakest night you’d ‘ere want to seeThe wet, scurvy wind blew in off the seaFrom far fathoms down, a man creature marchedFull-covered in slime from kepi to arch. He clumped past the bait house, up past the pubOne leg near…

Madrid

In summer deep in old Madrid The city stoked in August heat The fortuned folk, their farewell’s bid, Escape to wild or cool retreat. Now walking slow in saving shade With countless stops along the way The biding time ‘til daylight’s…

To Give the Roar

The heroine, close to deathSleeps, the sane world holds its breathRealm of all historic painDeeper grows if she is slainOr deprived of voice and penStilled by cowards posed as menOn the crescent moon she roseDawn for those in forced reposeTheir…

That’s the Spirit

Am I spiritual you askNow here I must take you to taskWhat mean you for heaven’s sakeI know of head and belly acheDo you infer belief in God?A proposition I find oddOn bended knee in fervent prayerIn hope that this time God might careAnd with…

The Common

 From high upon an armoured hillI gazed upon a busy fieldWhere rank and title mattered nilIn widespread use, the common weal. At sport or play or solo runRedoubt where gold held meagre weightAnd stories true and not were spunA passing…

The Dying of Light

Through the late Ptolemaic clockFrom Athens sailed aft long discourseArrived Hypatia at the dockDrawn to the light-house beaming source. Now gathered those who came to hearFrom cities grand of fame and mightThe thoughts that held her in…