The promise



I keep you
next to my
soft skin,

close, hidden:

a gold chain
a whispered word
a promise.

You’ve lodged me
deep in your
shattered heart

where I silently
stitch the pieces,

ancient remedies
incantations from
lost Gods

astrological symbols.

We’re travelling
down an unknown
road: the destination

glitters;

I keep you next
to my soft skin
my realm of mystery

till the eagle flies,

a gold chain
a whispered word
a promise.

We’re heading
towards a rising
sun, sea, a life,

a song so velvet

I keep you
chained to my
strong heart

I bind you
to its rhythms,

a gold chain
a whispered word
a promise.


Our love is
versed in magic
tremors

hand touch
fiery filament

I keep you close
to my soft skin

a gold chain
a whispered word
a promise.

Ice


Grass is crisp, white,
wedding dress white
fox slinks across the lawn

thankful for the night
he’s left behind.

The crescent moon
is pristine: illuminati:
all I’ve known

wraps me in eternity.

Love is hard to source
impossible to grip
it slips like water

through my fingers,
all that’s left behind
is crushed ice.

I erase the letters
of the year, hold my
head high searching

sanctuary, this errant
spirit soars in flight
I return to myself.


Eight pink clouds
line up on horizon
the ground beats iron

beneath

the horse’s hooves;
my breath spirals smoke
& I again surmise

love is hard to source
impossible to grip:
it slips like water

through my fingers,
& all it leaves behind
is crushed ice.




Whoever would believe

{Song Victoria & the Heartbeats]

https://soundcloud.com/victoriamosley99/victoria-the-heartbeats-whoever

Like a mountain stream

like a crystal spring

whoever would believe

there’d be so much life between

a powerful will to be

to touch to breathe to see

whoever would believe it    

believe in us.

Like a rising star

like the setting sun

a galaxy unseen

& all the cliches

ever rhymed

whoever would believe

who’d ever think

this was a thing

a touch a breath a dream

so much life between.

I didn’t know your face

or your footstep on the stair

a passing glance

a gaze & suddenly we’re here

whoever would believe

who’d ever think

this was a thing

a touch a breath a dream

we’ve so much life between.

Winter’s on the run

your tears have melted ice

my cries have raised the dead

& all’s been left behind

our bodies seem to guess

the mystery unwinds:

it’s love songs

in the wind

a sugar coated bliss

I never would have known

that it would come to this

whoever would believe

who’d ever think

this was a thing

a touch a breath a dream

so much life between.

it’s love songs

in the wind

a sugar coated bliss

I never would have known

that it would come to this

whoever would believe

who’d ever think

this was a thing

a touch a breath a dream

so much life between.

It’s 4a.m.
& no birds sing

sleep has fled:
you, in your
hot dreams

all boy / man
sprawled limbs
so silent,
silent like the tomb

are far from me.

We had a life
didn’t we?

A love affair
on steroids
a gift from
jealous Gods

a passion
like no other
it burnt me:

it burns me still.

It’s 4a.m.
& no birds sing

you, far away
call me from dream.

I asked you
today, if it had
turned out
the other way

if we’d walked
the aisle all
white froth, old lace

what would you
have missed?

Just what,
in these years
we’ve spent apart

all fourteen now,

would have been
lost to you if our
hands had banded gold?

If we had dared
to live my impossible
wish?

Lived & loved
together.

Tonight you
laughed
a wistful tune,

you laughed
softly
& sadly said.

‘ Nothing’.


At the end
of the beginning
nothing stirs


the past’s
laid out
like a lost map

once vibrant
pulsing, iridescent:
that’s youth

fading.


Decisions made
snap
like branches in the

storm.


You walk in
darkness: obscured
in cloud

we share
illuminated
moments:

At the end
of the beginning
despair lingers,


you grope for
cohesion, I flutter:
a trapped bird

seeking justice.


There is no
answer to your
riddle


round & up
it spirals
an eroding

sculpture
of desire


The answer
is harsh,
disperses laughter


At the end
nothing stirs
the palette

is sombre


yet like a
fool I glitter in
my galaxy of dreams


awaiting morning.




We move through

empty space;


there is no ‘time’


we try to rhyme

our rhythm


align to distant stars

watch kestrel on the


wing for portents.


Love, whatever it is

ebbs & flows


takes us by surprise

there is no reason


to the hormones.

That moon up there

expands to full


another night,

another year


& you,

found me

on a limb


suspended by

the sea, weightless.


You give, I take, I give

a softer way of being


the fox cries

for its mate


while love,

whatever it is


ebbs & flows;

takes us by surprise


a hand to hold

& all of this


‘time’ passes by

regardless.

River song

River’s a satin shard

green silver green

like a young girl’s dress

a breath, a song, a robin’s flight

for a moment there

we were magnificent

youth coating limbs

faces flushed with new love:

a breath a song a robin’s flight

I return to you changed

now we love in whispers

our kisses muted

caresses gentle

a breath a song a robin’s flight

the dead appear in dreams

take animal form

and all we’ve left behind

imprints on retina.

River’s satin shard

like a young girl’s dress

I return to you changed

now we love in whispers.

This is the last love

no eyes across a room

no interrupting chatter

this is a haunted love

we struggle to release

I return to you changed

now we love in whispers

a breath a song a robin’s flight

I return to you changed

the melody’s unclear

my voice shatters.

our kisses mute

The river is a satin shard

like a young girl’s dress

For a moment there

we were magnificent

majestic in our glory

 I return to you changed

now we love in whispers.

Hunter’s moon

Cold moon

bitter moon

huge in empty

space:

crucible of winter

bites & birds

scratch for seed.

I’m planted on the

edge of time:

blistered by this;

all that is yours

all that is mine

snaps a frozen

unison.

Cold moon

bitter moon

frost numbs

feelings crack

iced pond

shatters.

My mare whinnies

waiting at field’s edge

like me she

seeks shelter.

Love runs deep

&  hidden:

our love

volcanic

erupting

molten

created & destroyed

worlds.

Love runs deep

unspoken for years;

am I dead to you

dead to you?

Do you only appear

in dreams to make me

cry?

Goodbye

a short word

that never says

enough.

We never said

enough,

when was

the last time

I held you?

Love runs deep

a cavern

where the river

never sleeps:

it washes away

the dross of years

rips the blindfold

of other lives

& am I dead to you

dead to you?

Love runs deep

& hidden

you’d say I was

untrue,

I’d call you traitor

to the muse

that haunts me:

whatever’s said & done

or left to do

love hasn’t disappeared

& in my dreams

I miss you.

To infinity

Morning pools

of light

I stare through

bare branch

autumn gold gives

way to muddy brown

& we are locked

in winter’s pogrom.

You over there

hopeful, ever hopeful

I try, I try I really do

to cross this road,

meet you on the other

side of dawn.

Two babes in

the wood

curved like

velvet spoons.

What is it that

we do with this

love?

Love that surpasses

all understanding’

Our path’s obscure

it twists, bends back

we lose the text

stride joyful

only to find

dragon’s lurking.

There is no answer

to the riddle

no peace to rest

our broken hearts

our pounded bones.

There’s only forward

& beyond:

a gentle look

a midnight kiss

a feeling

of belonging.

Any more than this

you say is fractal chaos

while I with smile

insist in

Kismet.