My Poetry

My poetry is sometimes inspired by an image, while at other times I create a piece of art to accompany the words.

Dublin Nights

Dublin on a rainy night. The wet film plays with the coloured lights. The streets go quiet. The city is washed, bathing in reflection.   .    

Manes of Molyneux

Follow the clip clopping from Thomas Street, Billy kicks a door, Bob hangs on the wall, Hidden from the shopping on Thomas Street, straw litters the floor, the kids shout a call, Hiding in the quiet lane off Thomas Street, equine lovers work, picture tells a tale, Grooming in that lane off Thomas Street, horse in […]

Refugee

Bloodlines, borders, beliefs Bloodshed, bullets, bombs. Bleeding,  buildings burning Beloved, brothers bludgeoned. Be for living, be for giving Be generous, be forgiving. No borders, no bloodshed No bullets, no bombing. Bothers, brotherhood be, Believe, be loving, be loved. Ciaran Burke  

Remains

Remains Lying lost in blankets The tiny skeletal form Not yet the remains We wait for her to go. A brief moment of facial recognition. Incoherent mumbles A declaration of love? A plea for repose? Or admonishment For promises broken? From sunken lips, the utterance. Eyes meet in watery glances Helpless hands in comforting delusions. […]

Be Afraid of the Wolf

Be Afraid Of The Wolf The words of the poet Written with intelligence and love Are words understood by few. Stanzas and couplets  Are hidden, meaning to be mined From carved stone by determined minds. Read in comfort of secured lives. In the cold night The lone wolf howls. The angry calls are no words […]

Circle

Paralyzed, my body moves creating the lies, writing a fiction for the world to read. I am lost, making my way through the routine, the daily show to smile, to speak, to act. I seem better today, my performance fools you, living in the circle to return to the end, to start again… Ciaran Burke

The Creeper

The Creeper These months I have admired you Lit by the summer sun Casting a shadow, an elegant silhouette, In a state of constant emergence. I watched your slow progress  Reaching for the glass Tapping it, aided by the air, Or in stillness, bejeweled with rain. Now hanging from the eve Between a sway and […]

Crack

Brick and mortar, rough reality beneath the smooth render of a public face. The first crack, goes unnoticed. The lines deepen, spreading the fear. Crumbling, neglected, weathered and helpless. The smooth facade breaks and a hidden structure of an existence revealed. A hole to a reality is opened, the anguish of a secret exposed in […]

Silent Faces

Silent Faces Faces of time that do not tick, numbered and silent, they look out at passing lives reflected in high prices. I walk past a saviour fallen in a woman’s arms the doors of his house no home to a discarded soul. Lost like dropped gloves, thrown butts and fallen leaves. An invisible face […]

The Square

The Square The dark lines lead the way, to carry the eye and our path follows, each one carefully laid, accurately measured, one on top of the other. Blocks and squares, clean edges, reflecting light in shades of sapping greys. Signs of life hiding within, behind clean facades of achievement. Access to the world is […]

BFF

You see me, a singularity, A person of solitude, But I have company. My companion, a constancy, A comforting lacuna, My dark dependent. A daily embrace, Loving and needing, We pledge loyalty. Intimate co-existence, We sit together, We feed our mutual reliance. I say that I will leave, And break our solemn bond, I overcome […]

Rendezvous

  Your fall, golden death, so admired. Wind blown, destination unknown. A surrender to the air laid to temporary relief. Vulnerable, at mercy to the elements. no control of destiny, a hostage to fate. Nature, the cruel mistress does not let her subjects rest, a whimsical breath and they obey. I am glad that I […]

Dark Room

The dark room, light fledwhen I clicked the switch,unheard noises fill the space,creak of wood, gurgles in pipes.Waiting.. Lying… breathing…I start to fall, the slow drift.Click!The light inside that wont turn off.Flip to the back, open lidsdarkness fadesnoises they whisper,thoughts start to shout.Plans for tomorrow,  fears from the past,what if ? I should have, I […]

Thirty Minutes

Two dark windows to sadnessa smile to bury the pain.Waiting for the next customerbreathing nicotine to kill time.Beneath a false identityfragile truths have hardenedinto a life of struggle,kindness has no trust.Each call an opportunityselling a lie, for their pleasureto pretend for thirty minutes,they will gladly pay.Victim, of the cultureyou are reduced to flesh,risking every encounter,no […]

Georgian Squares

Coal holes in resplendent decorationa reminder of darker timeswhen sulphurus clouds would hang lowover Georgian squares in colonial lands.Now they are redundantas the empirical reignelegant existence of ornamenttread by unknowing feet.Under the murky orange glowplains throw their shadowy formson granite edged pavementscracked and wearing of pedestrian lives.The dark square rests for the eveningsecured by iron, […]

As I Lie

After my fall, I lieAs I have been lying,to create a mythology of existence,the reality of an untruthful truth.I lie, waiting for admiration,some recognition of my presence,highlighted in a cold illumination,venal structures, my underside exposed.As I lie, I wait, for the external force,The reality to move me,Tumble me, blow me to a dark place where […]

Flirtation of light

Reflecting, the world is not as it seems.Appearing static on the great flow,images distorted, golden lines blurred, wrinkled colours shiver in my eyes.A vague impression of what really isthe shimmering surface hiding darkness below,in the cool depth another world lives.Where our survival, impossiblewhile other life thrives in a cold realm.For those moments, illusory time that […]

The Vulnerable Reason

You were differentfrom the crowd of conformingstanding out,aware of your uniquenessthat you worewith undrerstated pride.Like the othersyou performed your task,your dutiesfor the system of growthat any expense,you had no choice.You lived to leave,waiting for the right timeThe perfect scenariothat never presentsalways an excuse,the vulnerable reason.So the seasons passed, the weather changed,your dependence,safety comforted you,fed your […]

Go!

The place where you used to sitno longer has your shape.Your framed face adorns a wall,now your presence is gone.The greeting of the morningand a nocturnal farewell,feeling the cold absenceof your corporeal frailty.The dead, held to our mortalityby the strength of grioefmemories pulling them back.Tears, tear the seamsbetween existence and the ether,we haunt their souls.My […]

Feed the King

Clean sharp linesthe glowing displaycolourful temptationpromising instant satisfaction.Served in a bunchicken or beefsingle serving condimentspresented on a plastic tray.Minimum wages workedfor maximum efficiency,accents from the Eastserve native nasal whines.Counting the centsthe pension stretcheda meal with teatemprary and cheap remedy.Mulitnational menupackaging pollutionfilling the populationprofits for the King.- Ciaran Burke

Empty Room

The strong walls we buildprotecting our private worldsvestibules of our secrecycompartments for our sanity.Rooms, communal we sharecostumed and clothed,or private places secured by keyfor our naked selves to hide.Into our rooms we inviteguests to dine, friends to talk,other doors we prefer to closeonly opened for love or need.Closed doors, lead to empty roomsthe air chokes […]

Acclimatised To Silence

Crying, my first sounds,and I cried for two years more.I cried for hunger, I cried of anger,I cried for love, I cried when I was bored.Fart noises and nonsense,gibberish and leaf-formed words.I was encouraged and cajoled,each performance induced loud laughter.First words, long awaited,followed by unharnessed monologues,soliloquies on the daily adventures,the drama of LEGO construction.Then, the […]

Mirror

Is the face in your mirror notthe beauty that looks at me?A nose too big, uneven ears,brows that bush, lips too thin?Parental comments,childhood teasing,critical teacher,a friend that laughed.Infintissimal momentsof no significance,destroy your worldfor infinite time.Comparing with the lie,competing, mendacious image,marketing concoction,fictional reality.Perfection, dream destination,chasing the horizon,the perfect view,elusive, so far away.Perhaps the mirror will crack,and […]

The Fallen

Lying fallen on winter’s earthneither the beginning nor the end.On a May morning whispering summer’s promisewarmth shone on the open bloom.Receptive and receiving, attraction of lifepollen brought by buzzing wings.Open receptacle, filled with the other half of lifeunion of two becoming one.Swelling with progress, fed by the living,miracle of sunlight, flesh enclosing seed.Reaching the limits, […]

The Black Wall

The walls have eyesembedded in the grainby their arboreal pastcooncentric creation of years.Blackened boards, tarred preservationembued with dark angel mystiqueabsorbing the esseence of others’ livesthe animal kingdom of human kinds.Monument to the carpenteradorned by work of smithlocked doors covet the emptinessuntility no longer them reason.Life from the earthfrays at the contactcoating the surfacewith a verdant […]

Travel Companion

The journey’s end and returning to the startaduly child, visit to the parent of pastthe mother, the future dependentevery mile, regressing a voyage of repression.A doo opens to reawakenmemories in nostalgia sodden airodours of childhoo, reminders of youth and what’s best for you love.The greeting as always warma kiss, the subtle jibehidden in sibling praiseand the […]

Flow

The liquid flowsa rivulet of rain’s creationreflection of silverthe fading of a day.Gravity is drivingon path of least resistancefitting to the contoursa worn and broken road.Rippled by the woundsand black tarmac cracksthe rivuletis mouldedto thehard surroundings.Compromise of the roaddestiny the low pointTo join the quiet poolthen drain to the seaor become the invisible vapour,be the […]

The Humid Vapours

Staring into the black pool abyssmy face is an image of distorted wantfeeling the warmth rising to my cheeksinhaling the odours, fruits from Africa.Teasing steam rises from the cupthe liquid too hot for my mouthI settle for content of inhalationhumid vapours of the roasted bean.Farmers of Burundi caring for plantationhands pick the red fruits for […]

Cry

The glaze, covering the windowto the soul, the optical resolututionour view, to the worldthe open expression of the self.The brine gathersfilling the holeswater over broken icethe surface obscure.The facial collapsefirst flows escapetrembling of lipsbroken down defenders.The guttural sobpain given sound well of hurt, of sorrowoverflows, the bowing head.The hands moveface receiving solaceas the body collapsesbroken […]

Hiatus

The ceiling stayed white until i turned on the lightspreading the grey star shadow into existencepink butterfly lampshade, pendant around the bulbthe blurred decoration reaching down the wall. Antibiotic remedy flowing around my systemsick note protecting me from dismissalpainkiller killing pain delivering me to comfortduvet my companion for the coming days.Mind wandering to places hidden from […]

Trapped Amber

Amber jewels trapped on the windowblack broken by a street lightI destroy the vulnerable beautydrawing my finger across the glass.Slowly the tip becomes moistnow addicted, I continue to erasethe beauty of the light trappedin condensed water, wanting black to return.Clarity refuses to reward my effortinstead uneven edges persistremnant lines of aqueous resistancefrustrating my efforts to […]

Their Fate In My Shopping Basket

I crumpled the bottle and squashed the boxinto a bin marked green to travel far awayI bought organic with the extra packagingweighing the guilt against the lack of spraysFlouride in the water, cleared within alumchlorine cleansed and bacteria freeversus water from a spring in Tipperaryin a bottle that will never die or rotThe apple is […]

The Dark Union

The darkness persisted, staying after i lifted my lids.I heard time ticking but did not care to knowembracing the darkness as it held me,nou mutual acceptancedaytime daytime hours or midnightht moment, it mattered not.The eternal counting of time in ticks, our songwe laid together, darkness and me, hoping it would never endknowing that when light […]

Voyeur Of the Norm

The pavementbore my burdenunder the orangeof suburban nightboxes of uniformitydeveloper of rowsemitting the warm glowunwelcoming blinded lightsthe homogenous hedgesmaintain neighborly relations.I the outsider looked ina temporary longingto witness the silhouette livesbeyond the drapes,I moved to a windowwith curtains drawnsqueezing betweenthe never off roadand manicured crown of bay.I glimpsed through a curtain crackthe life of suburban […]

Beautiful Conundrum

Reverse, rewinding, looking to find the sourcethe chaos of neural interference that hidesa pattern that exists hidden in the theoreticalwhile the practical fights to deny the comprehension.The pieces keep dancing turning light into pixelsmagnified in retinal definition, confusing the messageclarity deceiving, hiding in the momentum of velocitylight reflecting, refracting, dazzling the senses.Golden rain and silver […]

Emergency Department

Five hours I had been waitingnot quite she saidFour hours and forty seven minutessix ahead of you nowCold air in the waiting room write a letter to the managerdon’t sit on the floorsnapping at the young girlThe television the focus as the fifth hour turned to six, despair sat in the cornerand hope went to […]

EUnionism Rejection

The leaders who will not lead oblivious of oblivion of the self serving rhetoric and blinkered ideals descending the spiral of regression to chaos learning nothing from history clinging to dreams born from their colonial pasts where privilege and exploitation served their greed and favoured the few. Rose tinted memories nurtured by the dung heap […]

Abducted by desire

The engine still runningits rhythm and hum out of tune with the randompercussion of precipitation onthe metal roof andthe tuneless screech ofworn out wipers.Illuminated for a momentin brake light redthe taxi fare destinationof the early hourreveller returning aloneunsteady closing stoopof car door slammed with drunkenvigour loud farewellThe heavy breathing clung toa cold interior cloudingagainst glass to […]

Christmas Presence

Golden liquids, white topping blackempty vessels and glasses half fullnight around the table, sitting highbonded by the past, union of the reunited Admissions and propositions, accusationsexaggerating the details, chronology flexible in hindsight, outcomes variablememory serving well, the story continues Sober was a time in the past, the morninglies far over the horizon, beyond garlic fries, […]

Christmas Day

From the fog I emergedopposing the the needleas the road submitted tomy acceleration the whiteline broken merging withmy constant velocity driving me to returnto the childhood pastto celebrate the traditionswith the living half of whomgave me life the onewith whom I fought disappointed despaired by my differencelacking in conformity and sometimesI hurt from the flippancyannoyed […]

New Year Eve Dublin

The beauty of the lightpainting the river in colourbuildings in spectral decorationcelebration and jubilationCrossing the bridge walk past another on cardboard beddinga cardboard appealcardboard cup collectingdonations of conscience a plea with watery eyesa pale face with no homewe choose to ignoreunable to face the failurebury the shame let the party begin. Ciaran Burke

What’s up?

I am doing goodthe last words that I readyour final textnothing more to addI replied laterthen I waited for moretwo ticks of greychecking to see them change No responseI messaged once moreone tick greyunchanging waiting in the darkin daylight the single grey remainedI rationalized theft of your deviceflushed down the toiletscreen crackedin for repairThen I […]

Stability

If stability is more bodies on the streetsstatistics wrapped in cardboardHuddled in door ways coffee cup changeVolunteer soup services and GPO meals If stability is thousands in hotel roomschildren with no gardens for playhome cooked meals an impossible dream moving out on rugby weekends and st Patrick If stability is 15 hours of pain and […]

Shades

Somewhere between the white and blackis the reality that gives life and meaningThe dark outline drawn on white parchmenta shape unfulfilled, undefined and emptyWith the pressure from the creators handgraphite depth, charcoal, ink and pigmentthe shading, the result of shadow and lightWithout the softened lines and textures of complexity evoked from art and inspirationwe are […]

Textured Existence

Clear and flat unblemished surfacecleaned and shining, returns the lightno bumps to shadow no hollows of darkplain and pure reflecting perfect brigbrightIn the shine we see the perfection the reflection of the others reversedmimicking the movements copycatthe world trapped in flat dimensionA curve distorts our visceral perception stretching focus and rearranging distance greater standing backcreating portrait  impure grotesque A […]

Crumbs

Obtuse triangle of sunlight captures the worktop corner dull browns and murky beigebecome golden illuminationsthe dull veneer of fake stonetransformed into a corner of hope With earths rotation the anglechanges and lightened marble grows from sliver to wedgeinterface of shadow and light creepstowards me threatening to burn me with a bright outlook The static fallen […]

Blind

I see the light, bright and positivewe should be grateful for the daysloping grey lines on cupboard doorthe blue sky blinds my hurting sightAnd in the painful illumination I hide covering my eyes cowering beneaththe closed lids of fear from the pastdreading the hours that bring the futureAs shadows fade into their brotherhoodof evening darkness […]

Memory Puddles

Looking back into the tunnels of timethe debris of the past litters the groundevidence of mis-spent years over spentlost time and empty beer kegs uncollected Yet there is a beauty in that past of recollection the warm tones of nostalgia stainingthe old brick work that defines the narrow view of life trapped between wallsThe past seems clearer and […]

Neighbourhood Watch

The weakening light of the daysetting in the lengthening season casting skinny shadows of a nakedtree over the pale green moss natures revenge taking backgreening black spaces of the suburbsA red bin with wheels awaiting the homecoming of commuters travellingring road lanes forming the border of city and the western civilisationthe price line of developmentthat defines your status in […]

Burden Broken

I carried the rock and held it closeIt’s mass increasing with each stepas the weight of its burden increasedI gathered it tightly on my chestI could not let it go had no respite for fear that it would roll awayand that I would then give chaseas it obeyed gravity, me in its wakeI would see the […]

Species

She is mixed race, I was toldand I looked at her photo in wonderher beautiful complexionsoft features framing a hypnotic smileBut her beauty aside, what made me mesmerise was figuring the other halfTwo races in one face, two specieshybridised to take human formIf this beauty is one half sapienswhat act of procreation led to thisbeautiful creation? […]

Rhapsody

Mechanical movement, spinning velocityI am earthed to asphalt bypass heavenas sub-cranial wheels transport merevolutions bring me to a destinationNot final, a welcome break in momentumtemporary locus to exchange and changereconnect and connect in verbal swapsinformation flowing on aural highwaysHistories revisited, futures unplannedlove stories broken by the unbrokenfantasies explored, intimate low volumewhile searching souls look for […]

Cathedral of Wood

Roots grow to the pulse of the orbitbranches reach to the warmth of the sunfuelled by light from the heavensand water that fell to earthStems grow, life measured in ringswe live in the air that they breathmajestic cathedral of woodmonument to life, they grow, we live.- Ciaran Burke

Self Improvement Blues

Theoretical journey to self improvementin the mind it all makes sense, explorationstretched leg places my foot on the kerbstonesidewalk on the street of positive actionKnowing what is expectedthe weight of judgementI should do what is rightmy mind lays out a pathThe trust of others given in faithI know what I could achievein moments of clarity […]

Rehearsal

Two strangers, passing texts in the nightcharacters lauded with hope, expectationbad punctuation leads tomisunderstanding, misinterpretation killsUnexpected coffee here the DARTmeets the garden of Ireland in thegray house peppermint tea loose leafothers in the sieve, americans coolsDark windows are bright with lifethe smile lighting the thespianbetween the curtains of blackcoils, premiere performance acts.Irrelevance of time the […]

Custody

Their gloved hands held tightcrossing the road to final momentsthe child’s walk morphed into a skipwhile proud father kept his adult strideHis Baltic features warm with smileschilled by the north wind blowingbetween the great buildings androws of weekend parkingThe stretching adult hand grasps aira back pat missed to fleeting feetnow an empty space of childish […]

Beyond Flesh

Tidal waves rush over mecrashing inside my skullwashing through my mindI am drowning, letting goBeauty before me I havenever felt so enraptured bythe spell falling to the wavesnatural seduction, helplessSoft sands stretched arcsreceiving turquoise rippling white laughter beneath thewind caressing tender skinInto paradise I will gladlygo hostage to my feelingsbeyond the flesh under skinwaiting for […]

Retail Therapy On High

From the high point of observationbranded coffee cup on plastic traymy reflection haunting me in thewindow of the concession chainPink neon of three sided squareframing female seduction in redsale sign offering further incentivemannequin in lace bearing plastic thighThe day has passed but the sentimentlingers in the season of consumptionunder chains of light strung out toinduce […]

Can’t Escape the Light

Lines deepen, effort increasingvision disappears behindnow all I see is red in darkSunlight burning throughskin and flesh, boiling bloodthe green spots danceRelentless movement withstripes of light energyreflection of grey mattersLeaves clattering in motionconstant slavery to the currentsof air under the endless blueBird calls, listen to the songscelebrate the solitude of peacelazy dog shakes his earsI […]

From the Well

I felt the ever increasing depthenvelope me drawing meAccepting the gravity, thepull, I could not resistThe impact of realisationa collision with the wallsA dark well bouncing mehurting, not the bottomI kept smiling as the knocksthrew me further down, hidingthe marks covering my painnot knowing just how deepLight reached down, sliversilluminated protrusions of hopeI reached out […]

Man Flu

I look at the pattern, mirror imagemoist tissue paper unfoldednothing new to reportclear with a little greenSuffering for days, nasal secretionssneezing sprays and phlegmunleashed in coughing attackthere is no reliefAppeals for sympathy go unheededmy critical condition unnoticedviral hell, bacterial torturedeath’s door is openingSure! it is just a cold to youbut I lay here in three […]

Addiction

Unable to change the rhythmmy song remains the samea melody of seductionI leave a trail of destructionnot visible to observationI feel the pain, the desolationNo broken bones bruises or bloodnever a slap punch or kickmy violence is subtle, unseenThe reality of my behaviouris hidden by a mask of civilitya smile a gesture, my cravingWords to […]

Waves

Waves, from the horizon they comeinfused with deaths of sunsetsthe births of days, carrying the beginningsof our being in depths of existenceWorld between the continentsthe communal flow of life and deaththe bearer of life, harvester of soulsflesh to feed the unknowns, fear fulfilling hopeWaves, we ride them searching for reasonin their constant motion of tidal […]

The Look

The empty path leads on a cold walkthrough the still green winter grassto a solitary seated soul alonethe sole incumbent of the wooden benchThe occupant sits entrancedlooking to the distance and no wherenot waiting fo companionjust in the company of the alonenessof the morning, unmovinghypnotised by nothingness of peaceA proud fowl walks with his haremformidable […]

A Moment Of Truth

You just had to have methere was no saying noI satisfied your cravingand then you let me goDisposable empty and usedyou had to let me down easynot throw me to the groundas someone would surely seeSo here on the windowsillI was deposited in clandestinemovement of a nonchalantunnoticed outstretched armWhile waiting for your returnmy pointless pursuit […]

The True Meaning Of Water

She is a river, calm and clearthe origin from far awaymoving to the destinationunknown on this shoreI want to float on the surfacewatch my ripples make picturespatterns and movements creatinggentle waves in the currentIn the flow I willingly follownot fooled by the appearancea mirror image of the worldis not the true meaning of waterBeneath the […]

Path Of The Soul

I walked along a grey surfacefollowing in the footsteps of many who had gone before their souls bound to the thoroughfare by their paces that left no impression nor did the grooves of their footwear gather earth or peddle unsoiled soles vanish without trace The path laid out for utility designed purpose for a place […]

Distribution Hum

Monument of steel construction conductor of current alternating power along the slack dark lines strung out from the metal matrix A tower of modern archictecture distributor of instant energy unleashed by a finger putting pressure on a plastic switch In the quiet of the morning attracted by the magnetic field of the constant hum of […]

Retail Threat To My Manliness

The transaction completed my payment was approved I returned my debit card to custom slot in wallet torn stray unravelling threads of up-cycled tyre from Cambodia Asked if I would require a bag I affirmed my desire to have a handheld repository for my purchase bending disappearing below the counter a lady reappeared to shake […]

Advertisement In Shadow

In the night of the the glow of illumination from above your intricacies painted by shadow on textured wall You seemed so close to touch but when I reached out to feel cold plaster covering block chilled my sinking heart The real you was far away I fell for your projection the beauty of the […]

Resistance

Island of truth, its presence a rebellion of gentle nature a solitary survival bound by iron in a world of hard paths In isolation, a stubborn protest unnoticed by the dog walking suburban lives and pensions discussing first world problems Passing conversation, casts shadows of empty words immune to meaning resistance by a continued presence […]

Minimum Existence

Counting the change hoping to make sense the clatter of copper as coin hits coin a constant metallic taunt of coming up short wish for the beautiful folded silence of paper Decisions of necessity looking in a cupboard portions estimated, ingredients to substitute planning for a lunch box and subsistence supper minimal existence working for […]

Burning Hope

Glowing like an ember awaiting air to re-ignite to awake the world flickering with golden hope burning the skies scorching dark to submission sleeping suburbia trapped in nocturnal dream the moment of rebirth beauty of new day unnoticed we sleep through beautiful time ignoring the light rejecting nature’s pain for passing gratification of now stuck […]

Past Reverence

Stories told in pictures legacies left in stone history created in carving the masons craft endures Neck reclining eyes focus mind absorbing symbols meanings changing redefined contemporary definition applied Lives of the past live silent in the hewn stone of reverence touched by the visiting present who give praise by admiration. Ciaran Burke

No Wind of Change

Darkness in shades of cloudy grey smothering the blue of the morning coldness shakes confetti-ed flowers tumbling as I wait with engine idling. Brexit on the radio climate change and no change, shots in Blanchardstown stories from others’ world I am unaffected in my cocoon awaiting transformation. Observing light saved in liquid islands creating a […]

Emotions While Waiting For A Medical Consultant Who Is Late For The Appointment

Sitting in the plain upholstered seat watching as the digits change one by one the numbers increase my patience decreasing exponentially as the appointment for the meeting drifts further floating into history. I am tempted to break away from the consultation with my fate to leave the room of waiting to ignore the pain in […]

Control, Alt, Delete

Luminance of hope in late night, sore eyes bright delusion awaiting command, silent emitter glowing white dark characters, combinations secrets and lies code to break, reveal a truth tapping keys hidden identity, charade of life profiles filled await confirmation, false or true no off button control alt delete, no response high speed data slow death, […]

Undress

Dressed in synthetic looking like leather feeling like plastic fake living style elevate with labels define by branding lies dressed in illusion footsteps without trace search for feeling welcome any distraction deception in the dream dare to undress feel naked reality. Ciaran Burke

Air Wave

The breeze rustles with freshness green on the limbs of old wood causing turbulence in my ears constant percussion on my drums unknown tongues tell their stories as trees whisper loud in shimmers conversational snippets just passing nervous words carried on air wave I sit in silent sunshine under the blue listening to voices around […]

Pink Dress

The pretty pink dress coveted by admiring eyes discarded and stained never to be adorned again Attraction without affection the offering of transaction enticement with colour fragrance drifting in air Passing by the brief encounters mutual self satisfaction symbiotic threshold crossed sweet secretions devoured Used and now useless unwanted filaments of maleness the useless androecium […]

Return

Danzig, not Gdansk the dark tones in the dim light Misfit, the voice unexpected strangers smile exchange, embrace lone souls resigned alone to be, being down tuned and guttural outsider, proud status below the earth underground in union, the tribe a recollection of feeling home Ciaran Burke

Ash to Ash

I am wilderness in the comfort of suburban denial my solitary struggle to grow outside the comfort fence wind carried seed given life on barren roadside land my siblings killed torn from gardens of tidy conformity their seedling growth stomped trampled and destroyed their vigour feared unwanted gifts of nature spurned. I grew unnoticed spindly […]

Commuted sentence

Spray from the road washes the clean propelled existence soaked in fumes daily speed routine wearing down rubber year round daily pilgrims emissions or eviction pollute to survive commute or die. Ciaran Burke

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