Anonymous Faces

Rebuffed
by pedestrians you greet
on the other side of the street.

Faces you never see
born as ideas
inside someone else’s mind.

Improvisations
begin to defrost
pretentiously as themes.

Group discussions
expose egos
with borrowed quotations.

Points of view
compete with self-esteem
and dysfunctional genes.

Casino Nights

Clouds cover
the delicate pinks
clear and opalescent
of a blushing sky

Electric light
over avenues
of midnight trees

Wagering
throwing dice

Moving
wandering
between themes
of obscure dreams

Passing time
wondering

Waiting
for tender flesh

Barbecued pork

The curve
of a female form.

Joy de Vivre

Rhapsodic moments
Sublimely rising
Singing
Blissfully blending
Piano notes
Exquisite, sweet
Rapturously surging
Precise and pure
Tumultuous as rain
Overflowing
Rippling, rolling
Thunderous drums
Effulgent, ecstatic
Crashing as crescendos
Rising and falling
Passionate sounds
Exultant, blissful
Harmonious melodies
Serene and sensuous
Tender as a kiss.

Deprecation

Questions curdle
Each disdainful day
A glowering cloud
The threat of rain
‘I won’t stay’
Pounding footsteps
Troughs of anguish
Wavering moments
Images of altercations
Concrete heads
‘Do your duty’
The pleasure of detesting
Chocolate cake
Flavoured with money
Resentful ripples
Washed up on rocks
Drowning sounds
Solemn and deep
Displaced contradictions
Slowly sinking
Shimmering as reflections
Disconcerted water birds
Echoes in the darkness
Clanging, banging
Bouncing balls
Dissolving memories
Misplaced optimism
In a vestibule
‘Stand still’.