Absence and Longing

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The wind blew the dust of the orchids
Till they fell in tiny rain
Pocketed by the silvered banks
In vegetal greensleep

Ghost, Lady’s Slipper, Pyramidal
Helleborine, Creeping Lady’s-Tresses
Hear lost songs and murmurings
Their seed mouths pursed

For ten years, small fingers tap
The diurnal coils, feathery roots
Two tiny leaves, then four
What falls and rises in that time?

Waxen palest starlight, cold moons
Summon the princesses
Their slippers are violet, pink
dappled, toad striped satin

Dancers, if you part the grass
Stare deep into their eyes
A hidden lover’s shivering fancy
Such things pass and are purblind.

 

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Coil

As a new hatched thing, a thing-thing
Unknowing as half a cabbage
To munch through
This complexity, immensity
This universe, and then the scalding
Or lies, to put another way
Of the people saving their job-jobs
Their families, their money
The world dams up
There is a polar bear somewhere
On a melting mudflat
Chewing on the bloody flesh
Of survival.

Harry Lime

I’m shutting up shop

Darkness is a weasel

Skittering up the gimmels

The bell is from Lucerne

Painted with stingingly blue gentians

But none of this matters

In black and white

I have a face I wear at work

Now it sags into espionage

Becomes occluded

A scratched old record

Brings out the zithers

As the leader flicks blindingly

In the reel and the gate illuminates

The blistering celluloid afterglow.

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Painting by Veronica Aldous. Mind like the Sky. Mixed media on board.

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Truths

 

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For their tender points
Rooting fingers
Pleated leaves set in threes
Minutiae of poking hairs
Deep red throats
Frosted resins
Eat me no more
I may wither

Do you miss me?
Is a conundrum
Compulsive documentation
30 summers
Tucked high on a shelf

Strawberries will flourish without me
Of course, this is unbearable
But will be borne.

 Painting is ‘Fruiting Bodies’ by Veronica Aldous
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Christ and Willy Wonka

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Christ and Willy Wonka

Just when I was about to start a new life

Saltwater burned the stars
A little Judas jumped up
Sun smashed prams glittered in the canal
I want to believe in goodness
Abstract as roast partridge  flavour crisps
I want to believe in something
Even if it is stem cell repatriation.

Some days I paint only roses
Watching the colour fan out
A Chinese ballet of insects.

I know people come and go
I watched several die
My brain skidding on the endless
Disparity of my brain skidding
On dying and the actual death.

I read fortune cookies and Tarot
To determine the outcome
Of the boiling din of sub-Krystallnacht

My dear hoary ghost whispers
No one gets the gold ticket
It’s a knockout scam.

 

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Adorned by butterflies…

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Adorned by butterflies, she walked the cold gardens
Summer came and passed
No trace, no trace, no trace
A memory flew, blue butterflies
Cold gardens, you.

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Broken

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I wish the windblown birds
Would come to me
Way-eep Way-eep Way-eep
Shh shh
That I could rock the earth to sleep
Way-eep Way-eep
And mend its broken wings
Shh shh.

 

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Material Possessions

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The stooped man, the humpbacked man
Carrying his wife’s old handbag
Black handbag, grey mac

Wind blowing hard
World in bag, books in a box
Yellowing, curling snailtrail pages

Dirty little koala stuck in a tree
A fuzzy bitchy toy
Svelte fella trips up steps
Chucks baby’s wheelalong
Young woman in pumps
Humps a freezer over a cliff
Old man again, slips between the skips
So old so bent so 45 degree angling

Death to all things
Death to dusty crusty stuff
The howling wind smashes
A clanging sign

The wedding day, the weeding day
The lasting broken peeling end
Recycling a bicycle bicycling
It’s twirling pedals
To an abbatoir bye-bye

A dried cat, a matted  peed on mat
A cupboard full of springs, a painting
A mattress full of DNA
The broken man, the bent

I ache for his wife’s handbag
Peppermints, dried up lipstick,purse
Perhaps his wife-

Gone forever, slung.

 

Veronica Aldous 2019

Mrs May’s Mould

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Mrs May’s Mould

What lies beneath… the Ungodly Jam
Of Mrs May’s Brexit plan?
Once scraped, it’s good as new
The Raspberry’s saved!
The Toast goes free, (drum roll)
At last we gain back Border Control

Whilst she nibbles at the edges
We have our carrots, peas or aubergines
For Brussels gives us all our veggies
When the Pot is empty, what will we have?
Seasonal Caulis grown in manure?

No Charities but loads of Poor?
No Welfare State?
No Industry?
But wait! –

Maybe we can eat the Mould
That Mrs May leaves on her Plate
Edging closer, as she cogitates
Another Food Bank Universal Credit scam.

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The War Photographer’s Son

 

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The War Photographer’s Son

The moon’s a trigger
his torso mapped with scars
perimeters, and the stars
are for hunting by
in strange scimitar regions
his camera flies
while my mother curls
me on her lap
and cries

there is always Reuters
to rely on and the papers
we have the old shrapnel
shards from netted stitches
trophies of an alien zone
maybe a return
camouflaged with laurels
my mother drops
the phone

the moon’s a shutter
its eye upon the dying boy
I feel for him/feel nothing
there is a part of me
that stalks the moonlit jungle
in big dusty boots
a nightmare up and running
my father
loads the film and
shoots.

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This is an old poem of mine , published many years ago.