Dealing with Demons

The slow slide of the sea
laps the sand
pauses, then slips back again.

Waves grow with the wind
changed by the currents
and tides that ebb and flow.

The personality of a dream
eyes designed to magnify
a palace where peacocks preen.

As the future flees
into the whimsy of the night
let’s celebrate this mournful day.

The truth is up for auction
to corporations, politicians
and religious denominations.

Reliable friends for hire
you need not stay
at home alone, unknown.

Occupational Therapy

Flirting with dreams
and myths
a fling with Aphrodite
so sexy in a bikini
lying on the sand
with ivory skin
finely formed arms
swelling breasts
slender waist
sumptuous buttocks
flaring hips
and convex belly
comely thighs on either side
with calves and feet
perfectly poised
the purity of nudity
for all eternity.

A Plea for Propriety

The pale gloat of dawn
A grove of trees
Faded derelicts
Without leaves
A tracery of branches
Bent and twisted
Shades of grey
On a grim, cold day.

Membranes of morality
Barely covering
Preludes to profanity
Contempt for coquetry
Evil minds online
Worshippers of perversity
On the dark side of the mind.

Days of Trepidation

Middle-aged do-nuts
Quotations from pedagogues
‘Smile child’
Scapegoats for grisly bears.

Delays in passageways
Dormitories for boys
Craving nonconformity
Turn off the lights.

Melodies of madness
‘Sing me a song’
Cottages in the countryside
Thriving in the sunshine.

Poorly designed minds
Degrees in vilification
Trade insults
In the stock exchange.

‘Don’t wink at me’

Opportunities for Rich Boys

The anonymity of a holiday
the exquisiteness of solace
notations on a page.

Illusions of solemnity
preposterous posteriors
the gossip of goats.

The ubiquity of adolescence
to poverty or affluence.

Tides of diminished lives
inquests on innocence
the smell of seaweed and rotting fish.