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The Water Fall

In corners of your consciousness,

The creases in your brain

Thoughts lie hidden

Come unbidden

At first a tiny trickle

But the trickle won’t abate

And soon they form a torrent

But by then it’s far too late..


Immobile at Iguazu

A horse behind a cart

Appearing for a second

Brusquely smashed apart

As seeming rocks of water

Plunge seemlessly down

Unhinged, unmoored, untethered

The cartwheels pound

Flash-cards falling

One by one


Lover, husband, soulmate

Intertwined

Punting Cherwell picnics

Thoughts sunshined

Daughters cherished

Son so ripped

Untimely rainbows

Sepia tipped


I need to comment

To explain

Concepts crouch within my brain

Angel/devil/blessing/curse

Which one, pick one

You go first


Machines roaring

Sounds have fled

Pixellating

Through my head

Engine’s faulty

Hear it stall

The waters wait

The Angel Falls

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Unknown member
Dec 07, 2023

That torrent of thoughts, the cascading waterfall, and the roaring machines juxtapositioned against Cherwell punting. There's so much to this poem

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Alison Blevins
Alison Blevins
Dec 03, 2023

I really enjoyed listening to this at the Open Mic.I particularly like verse two and the image of flashcards falling down.

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Stephen Kingsnorth
Stephen Kingsnorth
Nov 30, 2023

'Punting Cherwell picnics' takes me towards Grantchester !

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