I left work early once, And found I was in a parallel universe. Suddenly my usual surroundings, Were no longer the familiar, Despite being the same. The shops I passed by, Had the name but seemed different. It was if time had been caught out, Before completing my reality. Life waiting for the paint to dry. I found it was easier to return to work, And leave again on time, When it was all ready.
What is this life experiment, That we take without choice? A tour through the material world. Our spirit undertakes this journey, Our soul experiences it. We dream awake. Some people have a great dream, Which they fail to realise. Others have no dream at all, And fail to even fulfil that. What we see is not what we see, but who we are.
There are no seasons in Eternity. No night or day, No joining or resigning. No beginning, No ending, No arriving, No leaving. No handshake at a point to be polite. No Entre, No Desert. No aperitif, No bon appetit. Just moi, And I don't think I'm ready for it...just yet.
My shadow follows me everywhere, A constant companion in the light. Sometimes striding ahead, Sometime pushing behind, Often to the left ...or right.
In the dark playing hide and seek, Appearing just to scare. Just when I drift past some street lamp. And then annoyed I stop and glare, Standing there with arms folded, Like it's rude to stare.
Often there to entertain the kids, My shadow on the wall. They squeal with delight, As my shadow makes dragons tall. In the end I suppose, I would be lost without my shadow, Nothing to link me to this world.
Only in Cork would the Station Master rush in, Announcing “Anyone for the train for Mallow,” “The bus is leaving now”. Two girls kiss passionately sitting on the station seats, While a woman in a woolly hat, Standing behind, Makes the sign of the cross repeatedly. The apostolic sailors stand in a circle, Kit Bags in the middle, As they rotate in and out. Searching for ***** while the train is delayed. And the pub still closed. This is the start of my son’s stag, A ritual passage to husband. A beginning and ending of stories.
Sunshine speckled bright on calm water, A white deluge of hawthorn blossoms, Pour on to the canal. Fields of mono colour yellow ****, Bordered by green hedgerows. Flash metal blue swallows skim the water. Mother duck marshals her unruly ducklings, To disappear into the green. The reeds on both banks lean towards each other. Armies of spears about to engage, Commanded by a grey coated crane. The sandy path stretches ahead alone. I could be school walking, Carelessly kicking stones with new shoes.
Two swans slide past. Sailing dhows off Borneo. Once one crossed fine on my port bow, A manoeuvre around his stern. From the bridge I watched, A friendly wave as we passed. Mariners from different worlds. Dragonflies spin amongst the blooming Iris, Lilly pads have surfaced, With little yellow periscope flowers. And a lone red poppy stands almost out of place, Demanding memory.