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David R May 9
"you're not made of glass," he said,
no. glass cannot die. I'm dead.

"you gotta be more joyful," he quipped,
try it when you've been slipper-whipped.

does no-one understand?
is there no-one here?
in this blind and bitter land
does no-one lend ear?

when you've been crushed and taunted
abused, smeared and daunted
your soul remains haunted
believe me

after pain, sling 'n sting
you forget how to sing
as broken bowstring
you cannot stand king

believe me.
i'm broken.
Once I swam with brilliant fishes
In overcrowded civic ponds,
And my intellect was gleaming
As I showed it out at will.

But I can’t do that anymore.
My access to myself is gone.
I can’t retrieve the words I need
To navigate my way across
The torrent that is called a stroke.

Helpless creature on the bank,
Now I pitifully flop and
Gasp for words that may not come.
No hope of swimming any more.

No hope for much of anything
But numbness and despair
Tortured by the memory
Of flashing through the water.
      ljm
Two years on and little improvement.
David R May 9
sagacious soul
spirit with goal
longs to ascend and unite

disorientated drunk
beat as salt junk
sees light of day as dark night

with left-handed shove
and right handed love
I'll mollify corporeal sprite

then as sweet-heart and darling
the dove with the starling
shall consummate heavenly rite

together as one
G-d's favourite son
shall shine the Infinite's light

the world once more
as transparent door
to Love that is hidden and bright

more than the sun
at height of its run
transforming all pain and all blight

to peace everlasting
passionate soul's asking
the light of the day in the night
BLT's Merriam-Webster Word of The Day Challenge
#sagacious orientate salt junk mollify darling
David R May 9
violin strings
taut to the touch
tremble, tremour and break

deepest springs
of holy smudge
turn grey, of form opaque

give us wings
a line to crutch
a salve from exhaust 'n ache

a balm from stings
from hurt too much
a limit to the chafe we take

for soul longs to sing
escape from hutch
to soar the skies as lake

reflecting King's
celestial drudge
the sun in morning's wake
David R May 6
where is the shout, the worldly disgust,
the horror, the uproar, the outrage,
where is that voice that claims that it must
protest against violence and rampage?

where are ye peace-lovers, ye pursuers of love
ye headlines of feigned dismay
ye banners of rainbows, of fleeing doves
ye marches, protests of foul-play?

machetes and axes in vicious slaughter
slice up three lives in midday
life flows away, blood flows as water
and nary a voice or a bray
David R May 6
there in the deepest shadows of May,
there 'midst the wood and the trees and the hay,
uttered as hoot from a bird-of-prey
i hear, "Whooo?" "Who are youuu?"

there in the darkest shades of grey,
there where all light has gone away,
he asks again, at the end of the day
"Whoooo?" "Who are youuu?"

from his surveyance from woody tower
midst the silence of witching hour
midst the abeyance of earthly power,
he asks, "Whoooo?" "Who are youuu?"

And as i start the day anew
midst the fractious world i know
midst the frantic to-and-fro
the push, the shove, the ebb and flow
the strain, the cries, the pain, the woe
i hear, "Whooo?" "Who are youuu?"
BLT's Merriam-Webster Word of The Day Challenge
#abeyance, fractious
David R May 4
Horris:
When I was a lad I started a term
As junior clerk to a consultancy firm
But in a week, I could work no more
So when no-one was looking, I skipped to the door.

Chorus:
When no-one was looking, he skipped to the door.

Horris:
I skipped that day with a step so free
That now I am Head of the Queen's Ministry!

Chorus:
He skipped that day with a step so free
That now he is Head of the Queen's Ministry!

Horris:
Through high connections of my family
I was given the post of graduate trainee.
I wrote an article inventing a quote
And attributed it in earnest to a historian of note.

Chorus:
He attributed it in earnest to a historian of note.

Horris:
I lied so well, they rewarded me,
That now I am Head of the Queen's Ministry!

Chorus:
He lied so well, they rewarded he,
That now he is the Head of the Queen's Ministry!

Horris:
In being such a *** I made such a name
That a leading writer I soon became;
I wore scuffed collars and a hand-me-down suit
For the pass examination at the Institute.

Chorus:
For the pass examination at the Institute.

Horris:
That pass examination did so well for me,
That now I'm Prime Minister of this country!

Chorus:
That pass examination did so well for he,
That now he is Prime Minister of this country!

Horris:
Of journalism I acquired such a grip
That they took me into the partnership.
I used expletives when i got angry
And was accused of racism 'n bigotry

Chorus:
He was accused of racism 'n bigotry.

Horris:
But that kind of tree so suited me,
That now I am the Head of the Queen's Ministry!

Chorus:
That kind of tree so suited he,
That now he's the Head of the Queen's Ministry!

Horris:
I grew so rich that I was bent
to becoming a member of Parliament.
I was always schmoozing for my party's call,
And never thought of thinking for myself at all.

Chorus:
He never thought of thinking for himself at all.

Horris:
I thought so little, they rewarded me
By making me Head of the Conservative Party!

Chorus:
He thought so little, they rewarded he
By making him Head of the Conservative Party!

Horris:
Now young and old, whoever you may be,
If you want to rise to the top of the tree,
[If your soul isn't fettered to keeping to the facts,
'N you're prepared to engage in questionable acts,]
If you've got few morals and can always keep your cool.
Be careful to be guided by this golden rule.

Chorus:
Be careful to be guided by this golden rule.

Horris:
Ride roughshod over all 'n sundry,
And you all may be Heads of the Queen's Tories!

Chorus:
Ride roughshod over all 'n sundry,
And you all may be Heads of the Queen's Tories!
Based on 'When I Was A Lad' of HMS Pinafore by Gilbert And Sullivan
BLT's Merriam-Webster Word of The Day Challenge
#schmooze
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