I STILL RECALL THE WONDROUS MOMENT BY ALEKSANDR PUSHKIN

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I still recall the wondrous moment:
When you appeared before my sight
As though a brief and fleeting omen,
Pure phantom in enchanting light.

In sorrow, when I felt unwell,
Caught in the bustle, in a daze,
I fell under your voice’s spell
And dreamt the features of your face.

Years passed and gales had dispelled
My former hopes, and in those days,
I lost your voice’s sacred spell,

The holy features of your face.
Detained in darkness, isolation,
My days began to drag in strife.
Without faith and inspiration,
Without tears, and love and life.

My soul attained its waking moment:
You re-appeared before my sight,
As though a brief and fleeting omen,
Pure phantom in enchanting light.

And now, my heart, with fascination,
Beats rapidly and finds revived
Devout faith and inspiration,
And tender tears and love and life.

 

PUSHKIN SAYS IT BETTER!

DALE ‘M’

SHALL I SPEAK?

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SHALL I SPEAK?

Shall I speak of the gentle whisper?

The slow rise and fall

Of the Ocean’s beating chest,

The wax and wane of the waves;

The deep murmur of the pebbles

Tingling like asthma

Through the Planet’s breath…

And this marks out time.

 

The sun circles the ocean

Like a gaily coloured matador

gashing it’s blood-like light

Across the tumultuous surface

of it’s endless prey…

Will it yet boil the ocean’s away?

Copyright Dale Beck 2018

WHEN LOVE WAS RED!

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WHEN LOVE WAS RED!

When love was red,

just as your lips

which you parted,

as you bent to kiss me…

you were taller then!

 

You walked in the kerb,

wore flat shoes…

so as not to highlight

the difference…

but that was you!

 

That was always you –

elevating my status,

even though I knew you,

as Goddess,

even then!

 

You stretched me to Godhead,

Turned the callow sallow youth,

to a man and I

knew there was only you…

Ever true!

 

DALE ‘M’  WE WITH J

WHY?

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WHY?

WHY IN LIFE DID WE HAVE A TELEPATHIC UNITY?

AND YET IN DEATH YOU CANNOT REACH ME…

IT’S BEWILDERING,

I FEEL SOUL-STRIPPED…

AN EMPTY SPACE,

LIKE A STROKE VICTIM.

I CANNOT ACCESS THE YOU SPACE IN MY MIND.

HALF LOST,

FLOUNDERING IN MY OWN QUANTUM SPACE,

YET YOU ARE ALL AROUND ME,

YOU TOUCH THOSE STILL WITH ME,

YOU CAN BREAK THROUGH THEIR HEADS…

BUT NOT MINE.

LIKE THESEUS IN THE LABYRINTH…

BUT WITHOUT THE TWINE,

IN LIFE WE EXISTED AS A DOUBLE HELIX…

IN DEATH I AM LEFT ALONE.

 

DALE ‘M’  WE WITH J

THE ANVIL ON MY CHEST

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THE ANVIL ON MY CHEST

Watching the world go by…

dreaming of an excursion

A way to escape this dark room,

But for this big black anvil,

Crushing the wanderlust in my chest.

Each day that dawns

Taunts me with iridescent skies,

Come play with me,

But this stone of Scone…

Bids me to stay,

Tarry awhile, let the world go…

There is nothing there for you.

 

Nothing will come of nothing,

I say to nobody in particular,

and know the answer lies within,

but I can choke off that reality,

Because without you…

nothing matters more

Than the empty vacuum of my soul.

 

A RESPONSE TO THE BIG BLACK DOG.

DALE ‘M’  WE WITH ‘J’

LULLABY

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LULLABY

SLEEP MY SWEET ANGEL

AND IN YOUR SLUMBER

REMEMBER IT IS I

FOR WHOM YOU WAIT.

 

YOU LEFT EARLY FOR YOUR REST

AND I REMAINED ANXIOUS TO COMPLETE

THE TASK FOR WHICH I WAS CONSIGNED…

AND YOURS IS WELL DONE AND REPLETE.

 

WOULD I KNEW YOUR SWEET REFRAIN,

WHICH COULD YET CHARM ME TO JOIN,

BUT IT IS LOST AMONGST THE FALLING RAIN,

AND STILL I HAVE LINES YET TO COIN.

 

IN SLEEP YOUR VOICE STILL RINGS TRUE,

DESPITE THE DARKNESS OF THE HOUR,

I MURMUR THE THRENODY BACK TO YOU,

AND HEAR YOUR LAUGHTER THROUGH THE SHOWER.

 

I ONLY CHIME IN UNISON WITH YOUR TUNE,

I ONLY HOLD TIGHT TO YOUR LINGERING LOVE.

DALE ‘M’

 

 

WHERE LOVE TAKES YOU

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WHERE LOVE TAKES YOU

IT WAS ALWAYS THE GOAL TO LOVE COMPLETELY,

TO MOVE BEYOND THE WISTFUL YEARNING,

TO COMMIT WHOLE-HEARTEDLY TO ONE,

THE ONE AND ONLY, ONE.

 

AND SO I PRESSED, BODY AND SOUL,

EVERYTHING INTO THE UPLIFTING OVERTURE…

THE SOARING STRINGS BORE ME UP INTO THE SKY,

ICARUS TO THE LAST.

 

AND YOU DREW BACK YOUR WINGS,

JOINED ME IN THIS ADVENTURE,

AND YOU BID ME FLY HIGHER…

SO WE FLEW INTO THE SUN.

 

THIS IS THE POINT BEYOND ART,

YOU NEED WISTFULNESS TO MAKE ART,

BUT THE POET SATED SINGS NO MORE,

JUST CLINGS ON FOR DEAR LIFE.

 

AND THEN YOUR WINGS CATCH LIGHT,

AND YOU CRASH AND BURN…

AND YOU ARE ICARUS NOT ME,

I AM DAEDALUS… AND I FLY ON ALONE.

 

BUT I SEE YOU IN EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL,

AND MY HEARTS TEARS IN TO GOBBETS…

FRAGMENTS OF LOVE, SNIPPETS OF MEANING,

AND THE POETRY RETURNS.

 

BUT THE POETRY IS A FACSIMILE

OF THE HONEST TRUE LOVE,

NOTHING CAN REPLACE THAT FEELING,

YET STILL YOU CARRY ON…

LET’S JUST CARRY ON.

 

TO ALL MY FRIENDS HAVE A GREAT NEW YEAR, YOU DESERVE IT. WE ALL DESERVE IT.

DALE ‘M’

 

 

HOMESICK BLUES

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HOMESICK BLUES

NOWHERE IS HOME WITHOUT YOU,

LEFT BEREFT, LIKE A HAT WITHOUT A HEAD,

I WAS THE GLOSS AND BLUSTER,

YOU WERE THE BRICKS AND MORTAR…

THE RESILIENCE I ALWAYS LACKED

THE GLUE THAT HELD MY FLAKES

TOGETHER.

 

I YEARN FOR YOUR KISS,

YOUR ARMS, YOUR UNENDING CHARMS,

NEVER TO BE ALONE AGAINST THE WORLD,

BUT THAT’S ALL GONE NOW!

THE JOLT, THE SPARK ,

NOTHING IS HERE BUT YESTERDAY…

AND TOMORROW SWOONS,

LIKE AN UNTIED BALLOON.

 

DALE ‘M’

BUTTERMERE LAKE

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BUTTERMERE LAKE

IT CALLS ME FOR MY RETURN,

AND I WONDER IF SHE HOLDS,

THE REFLECTION OF MY LOVE,

I LEFT THERE ONCE BEFORE…

 

IT WAS A HAPPY SMILING FACE,

REMEMBER THAT WONDROUS WILY GRIN?

DO YOU STILL HOLD IT FIRM,

AS I DO IN MY MIND’S EYE?

 

I WOULD THAT I COULD GATHER IT UP

AND HOLD IT STILL WITHIN MY ARMS,

FOR THE CHERISHED CHARMS ARE LOST,

AND I AM NOW FORLORN…

 

I HAVE A SILHOUETTE PORTRAIT,

THAT SITS JUST BEHIND MY SOUL,

AND THERE SHE WHISPERS LOVINGLY,

BUT I WOULD LOVE TO OWN,

 

THAT LAST REFLECTION.

 

MEMORIES FLOOD IN.

DALE ‘M’