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Aug 2021 · 149
Threshold
Brian Yule Aug 2021
Breath held short
Dare I tread
One step further
Put forth serene
But as the threshold approached
My smooth pulse quickened
Grew erratic
Sharing these dreads unspoken
The just-beyond unknown
To trust that these bonds, yet unbroken, will hold
Or to fold, shed this chance to have grown
Aug 2021 · 154
Wind-dance
Brian Yule Aug 2021
Umbrella tangos
With a long-faded Cubs cap
In the sudden gale
Halestruck street swift abandoned
Stray dog their sole spectator
Aug 2021 · 596
After
Brian Yule Aug 2021
Then we who have lost
Wove together willow strands
Grew shaded solace
Jul 2021 · 236
Kitchen, Christmas morning
Brian Yule Jul 2021
Crushed thyme & rosemary
The mountain of spuds fresh peeled
Leave sapped arms aching
Granny still fussing over
All dinner's little just so's
Jul 2021 · 107
Mirage
Brian Yule Jul 2021
I thought I saw you reflected
In a passerby's sunglasses
The other day
Of course I knew
It couldn't be you
I see fragments
Of the wish of you
Most everywhere I go
I know it's not you
Couldn't be
Still
My wayward mind
Will insist on slotting you
Into every half-seen corner
Jun 2021 · 300
Fire Rose
Brian Yule Jun 2021
Fire rose in the wood
A sudden flowering bloom
From Summer's dry depths
By lightning pollinated
Spreading seeds of choking ash
Jun 2021 · 509
Bound for Valparaíso
Brian Yule Jun 2021
Night falls, cape rounded
From deck we gaze on Fuego's
Haloed afterglow
May 2021 · 1.1k
Dusk
Brian Yule May 2021
Six degrees below
Planetary motion shifts hues
Sunlight blues scattered
Splattering a blood halo haze
Across the swift darkening scene
May 2021 · 129
Cages
Brian Yule May 2021
Aging jailbird freed
Deprived of vintage hardship
Shaping new hollows
May 2021 · 452
Garden, Dusk
Brian Yule May 2021
Nightfall's halting progress
Nightingale alights on lush gorse
Faint glint of lamplight on beak
From shed door left ajar
Within, the gentle thrum of lathing
The soft mirth of shared labour
Hushed air atingle
Twilight stutters
& fades
A hedgehog snuffles
Apr 2021 · 368
Developments
Brian Yule Apr 2021
Vacant lot
Cement dust & foundations
Left unbuilt on
When the bubble burst
Mar 2021 · 135
Fabulist
Brian Yule Mar 2021
Fabulist am I
Then you're the fable
A lie that I devised to keep us stable
When wild lust finally died there wasn't much left
We felt, peaked, then denied, bereft of clarity
How much was hope
How much charity
Who knows, but this much is clear
If there's an untruth here
We are
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Mar 2021 · 225
Sir, I'm Eve
Brian Yule Mar 2021
Evil I did?
Maid I am
Adam mine
Denied is one man
I lived dogma
I am god?
Devil?
I name no side in Eden
I'm mad?
A maid I am
Did I live?
This is a palindromic poem inspired by the "madam, I'm Adam" palindrome. The individual parts of the poem are in common circulation, all I've done is to weave them together into a narrative.
Feb 2021 · 309
diffuse
Brian Yule Feb 2021
the sky void of light
city sprawl stole its shimmer
ever present glow
Feb 2021 · 135
rebirth
Brian Yule Feb 2021
erasing winter
brash spring sings of forever
winter bides its time
Jan 2021 · 161
Seeking
Brian Yule Jan 2021
Frost burns through thin gloves
Fallen jackpine bars the way
The search continues
Refused light by day-shy dawn
By lamplight I hack branches
Jan 2021 · 112
To The End
Brian Yule Jan 2021
A bare corridor
Death exits frowning
Gilding her indecision
Judases keening laments
Mangled notes offering pause
Quarantined rage simmers
Tasting untapped violence
With xeric yearning
Zestless
Dec 2020 · 211
Gathering Dark
Brian Yule Dec 2020
Shrouded eyes
Distant to cope
Already halfway there
Faintly
Fondly
Recognise his face
Dec 2020 · 132
Portrait
Brian Yule Dec 2020
Each purposed smear narrates
The poised faked fire of tears recent abated
Daubed pigments interlacing to store traces
Of gut-deep betrayals worn on lying skin
The never-before retraced in stain & tint
The sour taste of imagined sins
Rose-tainted views feign caught hate
Nov 2020 · 209
The Undercarriage
Brian Yule Nov 2020
Robust numbers resist
With stubborn clarity
As tunnelvision experience suborns denial
Facts persist
Nov 2020 · 109
Debride
Brian Yule Nov 2020
Quilting words to pad
This unfathomable ache
Wrap me up hollow
Oct 2020 · 147
The Depths
Brian Yule Oct 2020
Vacant mirror
Arid pen
Sallow silence

Naked page
Swallowed minutes from
Borrowed hours

Cave's former roar
Sunken stream
Struck dumb

Wallow in
Parched flow
As hollow grows

Sin hallow
Burrow deeper
Into ashes

Seeking signs
Of dew saved
From the drought
Oct 2020 · 176
Meadowfoam
Brian Yule Oct 2020
Immersed in meadowfoam nectar
Deputised to cross the threshold
Feaster feeds a future
Oct 2020 · 335
Nature Watch
Brian Yule Oct 2020
Hide-witnessed otters
Pups frolicking on ice slides
Grace note bursts silence
Oct 2020 · 323
Candour
Brian Yule Oct 2020
& then
Finally knowing itself
Candour rode naked
Unwrapped in a splendour
Born in shade
Freed finally from the clamour
Of clinging on
This raw dark undappled
A ripe fruit
Plucked from empty branches
After the fall
Oct 2020 · 121
Discrepancy
Brian Yule Oct 2020
You found me at the point
Where resignation had shaded,
Quite when I don't remember,
Into contempt
The spiteful joy of being that bit better
Standing just a little higher

& contempt was in your eyes too
The urge to rise above me
Cradle yourself in haloes

Yet you smoothed your face out
Your I could never go there's
& started asking questions
& truly wanting answers

I stood against
Denial was my brother
Knowing I simply had to

Still you persevered
A prison door ajar
A fulcrum steady levered
Help me guide my own hand
Oct 2020 · 211
Vignette
Brian Yule Oct 2020
Crickets chirping
A pulsating veil
Beyond which silence knocks
Heat seethes from baking rocks
Alive in this aching
Swathed in hot spring's cocoon
Crushed **** steeping
Nurturing her hushed bleeds
Wonder's womb weeping
A carrion bird perching,
Unsated, wails
Sep 2020 · 123
Might we not linger
Brian Yule Sep 2020
Might we not linger
Longer here a while
Within this silken web we've woven
All yester's threads cling soft
The spindle, rusted & golden, lies
This finifugal hold dead hopes oft have
Time's sinews blinkering prospecting eyes
Might we not linger
Convenience sighs
Sep 2020 · 308
Sheltered
Brian Yule Sep 2020
Becalmed
Suspended in brackish undulations
Dunes shield this lagoon speculation
From seething currents
Sep 2020 · 485
Drosera
Brian Yule Sep 2020
Fragrant tinted lure
Saccharine glistening sundew snare
Cruel allure to rule
Sep 2020 · 95
Veritas
Brian Yule Sep 2020
With intermittent vision tinted sepia
Apeborn questions exerting rigid apertures
Hinted insights rose unfurling thorns
Reason never deeply touching you
How incrementally are humans
Ever so defective
Instruments of
Truth
Sep 2020 · 129
Green Season
Brian Yule Sep 2020
Sultry days
Lustrous beads
Drip from hanging papaya
Glistening like
Amber teardrop earrings
Sep 2020 · 137
Unicorn
Brian Yule Sep 2020
Amid the rubble
Of four dim millennia peeled back
A square of carved steatite lay
Lifted
Gently as a gossamer hope
To reveal
That mythic beast
A single horn curving
From its striated head
Whose fame reached Grecian ears
From Indus bed
Across miles & years
Leaving an inkmark murmur
Inspired by the unicorn seal found in the ruins of ancient Mohenjo Daro during early 20th century excavations:

https://www.harappa.com/indus/25.html
Sep 2020 · 220
The Diet
Brian Yule Sep 2020
All felt the fable
Dwindle & swell
The swindle whispered
Into every eyeball
The tramelled multifarious
Steady steady
Soft sell
Who'd fall for that
We say
As it settles down to dwell
In our depths & recesses
Tales of decline & progress
Denied
Aug 2020 · 233
Summertime
Brian Yule Aug 2020
The summer stretched out
Languorous
Lissome
A stray cat
Sunning itself
In possibilities
Aug 2020 · 196
Campfire
Brian Yule Aug 2020
Plumes from tree bones bloom
Spitting entropy murmurs
Sun sap escaping
Aug 2020 · 270
Jade
Brian Yule Aug 2020
Pupils dilating
The flecks of jade in your eyes
Trace my torso, bound
Aug 2020 · 202
Fission
Brian Yule Aug 2020
Morphisms ignored
You seed sour schisms
Divide & bleed
Bluster-concealed claw of iniquity
Blink & you'll miss misdeeds
Bleak greed breeds alacrity
Mimic predators
Crack fatigue
Shoved in your leaking maw
Sweet as a fatal flaw niggling
Raw needs wriggling
Impelled again to begin again
Fresh meat, feed me, let me sin again
Defeat just past the next win
But when
Actions unsating swiftly flow
Satisfaction ebbs
Objectifying friend & foe
This spluttering glut will not quench
So‽
Aug 2020 · 161
Passengers
Brian Yule Aug 2020
Among these hungry passengers
One saps my will to change
One lives my life in retrograde
One grades my every strain
One whispers, urgent “cling on tight”
One drags, hissing “let go”
One sighs at spans I dared not leap
One only tells me no

Yet am I the driver, the vehicle or the road?
Heady with survival, destined to corrode
Clarity eludes me: what’s will, what’s work, what’s way?
Each fumbled innovation, a blindfold duel against decay
Aug 2020 · 202
Shock
Brian Yule Aug 2020
Gazing down
I see this dull blade drew blood
Dial blind as ache lulls
Defy ease as life oozes free
Don’t lie down
Don’t sleep
Keep fear sharp
As faint creeps the soothing deep
Passions eked
Awareness do not forsake me
Come on
Come on
Answer
I stare vague at the mess where my wrist used to be
Which emergency?
Ambulance please
Consciousness bleeds
I wake with cool linen covering me
Jul 2020 · 84
Butterfly
Brian Yule Jul 2020
Blossom mothered vibrance leaps
Urgent as life escaping
Transience raging in pursuit
Transfixed in nectar's temptation
Each passing day ignites
Rites of entwining rhythms
Fluttering slowly relents
Longing after
Youth
Apr 2020 · 198
Seismonasty
Brian Yule Apr 2020
Relic of past aches
Gaze-blunted conversation
Brushed touch-me-not folds
Mar 2020 · 204
Stirring
Brian Yule Mar 2020
Accepting the lack
Found comfort in ordering
Stirring the tea leaves
Mar 2020 · 175
Winter, Flanders
Brian Yule Mar 2020
Nightfall brings respite
To drag wounded from corpse fields
First snowdrops in bloom
Mar 2020 · 131
Quilting
Brian Yule Mar 2020
Quilting words to pad
This unfathomable ache
Wrap me up hollow
Mar 2020 · 331
The Line
Brian Yule Mar 2020
Ache of being isolated grown too close
You spin the wheel, though wary
Weary too
Another raw encounter: open wound
Another tongue duel probing to find out
The rule you’ve never broken
A lure, if spoken; left unsaid, a doubt
A bur to hook the tighter those who run
Nursing the rub
The present friction burns of uncertainty
The pleasant fictions formed to fill the gap
This shifting scene that saps with sifting urgency
This morphing tempter mutely mouths its name
Read my lips
Spill my dear
Do you decline
Or feast fears
Climb into bed
Sip on the nectar
Transfixed
Mar 2020 · 132
Odyssey's End
Brian Yule Mar 2020
Long quest's goal fulfilled
Cast loose beneath oak's dapple
To core & pare fruit
Mar 2020 · 126
Current
Brian Yule Mar 2020
Horizon spits a whisper
Greens & blues that twine & then meander
Land's answer to the intimacy of flow
To find paths unhindered
From hinterland to estuary's reply
Fresh leaping, salt undertow
Cry of seagulls
Tidal glow
Gravity's evergreedy show
Mar 2020 · 94
Change
Brian Yule Mar 2020
Change is
An empty atlas
All steps
Shall fall on ****** earth
Chasing silhouettes
Urgent births
Future regrets
As yet unscripted epithets
The bold walk blind
A river unfolding
Toward the see
A tale told
In the edit
Mar 2020 · 301
Red Kite
Brian Yule Mar 2020
Red kite's graceful arc
Grateful swoop for kitchen scraps
Suburban garden
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