formalist and informalist poetry, short stories, excerpts of novels, general rants etc., by Robin Helweg-Larsen, proud to be appearing frequently in Ambit, Candelabrum and Snakeskin. Blog moved to http://robinhl.com
I love you with that love floppy and large, As one of us a man - the other, dog; Involved, detached, our life's a travelogue Of countrysides seen from a rented barge, "Travels With You" along some river's marge, Failing at interspecies dialogue Till tries at talk are lost in night and fog, Drifting with batteries we can't recharge.
Yet there's no option but to travel on, Each varied day no different than before, Wondering if we'll find some magic door Which, risking entry, gives communion; And if, by talking, love would be enhanced, Or if we'd then destroy all we have chanced.
Purple voices, rich and rare, Glowing in the jeweled air, Handling esoteric themes, Mysteries like running streams Dammed with unexpected care Into almost-answered prayer Where you’d think no calmness could In the wildest of the wood. Thoughts and unknown meanings dance, Wordwise weave you in a trance, Darkly glowing, rich and rare, Purple voices, glowing air.
The light in your eyes is as the sun rising behind mountains in a cloudless sky. Your smile is like the first rain falling on desert land. The memory of you is like a long-forgotten childhood song. Your wisdom is like a fresh breeze springing up, slapping slack ropes against their masts. Your being gives the seasons to my life. If you should ever go, and take the sun and rain, the breezes and my youth, I’d sit in the dark cave of my heart, feeling its dry walls crumble into dust.
British by birth, Jamaican by registration, Canadian by naturalisation, Australian by descent.
Formerly Danish, too, but I lost citizenship in becoming Canadian.
But no permanent status in the country I was raised in (the Bahamas), or in the country I've been living in since 1991 (the US).
My flag is the blue-and-white of the UN, all other flags are historically interesting at best, despicable at worst.