Poems

Before the magnificent illusion got going

January 31, 2016

Before the magnificent illusion got going Before my mother’s going into labour Before the breaking of waters Before the forceps mark on my brain Before God was thought of My birth-voice gave majesty to the unknown A voice from the crown of possibility The great waiting of waiting to be born My earth-voice a spate […]

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A spider was asked to give up the spinning of its web

January 16, 2016

A spider was asked to give up the spinning of its web and to go and live Where with human beings it could understand their sacred texts The spider of course cared nothing for this and continued to spin its web As for the sacred texts they remained unread by the spider But that was […]

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We have many more imperatives none more pressing

December 2, 2015

We have many moral imperatives none more pressing Than we disappear from the face of the earth So says the prophet of prophets there is no claim That we are more divine than the stones in the field It could be in our survive and be damned attitude We human beings have forfeited our right […]

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If we have solidarity let it be the solidarity that enables our humanity to excel

November 16, 2015

If we have solidarity let it be the solidarity that enables our humanity to excel The humanity that humankind cannot let go the humanity whose faith is older than the world If we have solidarity our humanity will help survive what needs surviving Ronald Rae       Tweet

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Life coming at you like a rocket and it’s not a healing to stop it

February 17, 2015

Life coming at you like a rocket and it’s not a healing to stop it Here you are miner-mole heaving earth in the dark out into the dark In God’s own image if we like other endangered species Are heading in the same direction how will it be For God without moles and without tunnels […]

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The human soul never will it become less than our supply of love to it

September 12, 2014

The human soul never will it become less than our supply of love to it If ever fatigue of spirit was read it would read The soil that supports us the soil that will never be anything else but soil The soil that fires hope into belief and belief into breathing for itself The soil […]

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The train is so long it stretches way back over the border

August 3, 2014

The train is so long it stretches way back over the border Out of unhindered conflict a train like this is quite a monster Of ghosts we are and keeping time to a frosted clock I’m going to bless you brother and bless you sister You pass us and we remember you and we wave […]

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The kind of prayer I want to pray

April 6, 2014

The kind of prayer I want to pray Is a prayer from its beginning to its end that it will solve itself My cruise and my marches around doubt I want them to be in their geography that they are come to a close For disappearing is my reference it’s not with Thoughts that you […]

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I can’t get it out of my head the foot that crushed the snail

August 14, 2012

I can’t get it out of my head the foot that crushed the snail In the way that life goes on I want that foot to feel shame Closed perfection and closed resurrection this is no gain Dispersed for the sake of being dispersed For the sake of nothing at all reduced to a messy […]

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How can you go about your business

May 29, 2012

How can you go about your business Knowing that you have murdered innocent children Even with a torch shining in your face How can you say that you are the animator of freedom Your likeness why must you walk it over broken glass With your cast iron certainty that it orchestrates hell on earth Where […]

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So you’re off – today’s the day the final big push

May 21, 2012

So you’re off – today’s the day the final big push A young man’s game I hope you know what you’re doing Spread your wings but watch out for those Who would tear your wings from the skies Watch out for the meaning that it be lost The footfall watch out for where it falls […]

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In a country too hot to give birth

April 27, 2012

In a country too hot to give birth A young girl is doing just that giving birth In temperatures where the only shade Is the shadow cast by a pencil balanced on the warlord’s table The girl in labour now she can shout out The heart of the sun the heat of the sun What […]

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There’s something about us that endures fires

April 25, 2012

There’s something about us that endures fires A blaze out of control is a blaze out of control But not the death of a firstborn The death of a child is not a par for the course life goes on event There’s no doubt about it we human beings Will never be released from tragedy […]

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My hands are on the table and my life is in front of you

October 11, 2011

My hands are on the table and my life is in front of you In the silence we both know where hope is taking us Let us be quick but not deadly in our beliefs Let us bury our weapons where we can never again find them Surely secure are the places and the memories […]

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For the ease of pain and suffering the angels of this world are many

October 10, 2011

For the ease of pain and suffering the angels of this world are many Flying on fuel from a selfless source Catch one of these angels in full-flight and the action is wonderful Not like us with our untried wings The aspiration may be there but take-offs are difficult Because at times our inhumanity seems […]

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What is famine but a country that wants to be a desert

September 7, 2011

What is famine but a country that wants to be a desert Yet here are souls still with the energy to make love and to produce children Soldiers and that stupid term freedom fighters Here they are their mouths dry as a bone And going to war against their brothers We do these things and […]

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Whether you believe in salvation or not

July 31, 2011

Whether you believe in salvation or not At least give this young kid a chance Here he is shouting to the crowd and The crowd with stones to throw not a soul is listening Is this how it is with the inconsolable They throw stones and in the throwing accuse themselves They lynch their own […]

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If it’s down to laying waste our vineyards

July 30, 2011

If it’s down to laying waste our vineyards And armies that they are burning wheatfields What else can we do but leave our homes In this madness all you can think of is getting your family to safety Anything to get away from the smell of good grain burning Those that are doing this they […]

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In your preparations for war

July 30, 2011

In your preparations for war Have you thought closely on The instant and on the deed For what are you implementing An inventory of skeletons In whose name are you taking names And over what distance are you expecting to come home Why should it be an order against ourselves That so many innocent people […]

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