Drifting apart

The gulf grows wider and

Streams between the two of us

You seem to be

Unknown to me

Utterly lost

Mighty oak, to matchwood

Catches on to flame and frost


Stripped bare

Blown away

Cut back to timber at a cost

Unknown to me

Sulphurous brimstone butterfly,

A fairy-soldier marching past,

And on…

Those features cast

In iron mask

Set like stone, set up and down

Due out of town

Strapped to the mast

Adrift, and all alone at last.


Gently, oh so gently

Hand outstretched

And gently met

In this sad, strange year

Of war, and worries and goodbyes

A suicide pact

Deferred for life

Meshing together like feathers

On wild bird’s wings

An uncertain strength

With hope the only prize