Chapter 3


Chapter three deals with conflict, sometimes getting resolved, sometimes not. A number of poems hint at contained anger. Others at long suppressed grief, separation, or reconciliation. The title poem is a classic example of the battle between Good and Evil, a serious matter handled in a humorous manner. 


Sample poem: Realms of Stone

Published in The Neovictorian/Cochlea, 2006.

Realms of Stone

These are the hidden realms of stone and

light where we’re fiercely on our own,

but for now I’ll wander about the lawn,

enjoy the trees, the grass, the people.

These are no times for weak knees or

hiding our heads with ostriches from truth.

The mire and quicksand are too deep already;

I know the darn routine – I’m involved.

The summer grass gives under my tread and

flattens out wherever I step on it,

yet it is resilient, curving back without

much effort while the years grow sparse.

An unsubtle rumble of thunder lurks 

above the elms this bright, cloudless day.

Where have our senses and seasons gone?

Slipped underneath the grass with water after

a drizzle? But doesn’t last week’s rain

collect between earth crust and rock bed?

A late sunlight blazes all over the place

alongside countless, aimless shadows. We’re

doomed to bridge these vast, unwelcome times

to reach some quiet corners in our lives.

The calm identity of grass seems to be all we

have beside some smatterings of light. But no! –

mere comfort isn’t enough. I’m calling for the

shine on solid stone that I will hone before the

great blur kicks in, and trees, grass, rocks

and Mankind roll away with histories of stars.




48 Volcanoes

49 Claustrophobia of an Afternoon

51 Sound Barrier

52 Statue of an Enraged Lion

53 Downfall

54 Realms of Stone

55 The Bomb That Blew Up God – A Fable – The True History of the Big Bang

57 These Three Words

58 A Dove in Times of War

60 Bridge Under Construction

61 An Upside-Down World

63 The Tool

64 Spring Pick Up

65 A Zebra Moment

66 Birthplace