Black Bough Poetry Micro-Poems

The Milky Way over the Fungus Rock, Gozo (Blue)
Gilbert Vancell.

Defiance.
I’ll tear a sheet of starlight for your blanket,
a burnished cloth of gold to ward off fears,
there beneath bright Apollo, you’ll greet the morning,
curled inside your mother’s wounded feet,
eyes defiant shimmering flakes of jet,
burn away the fog of my appearance,
from deep within that ragged bundle,
a jolting tearful journey in the moonlight,
brought you here as if cast from heavens net.

Ruairí de Barra

 

Diamond Dreams
I took a seat at the planet rise of Mars,
sat patiently with the Lady in her chair,
waiting for the wavetop dancing beams to gather,
to watch with weary eyes in wonder,
the reflection of their beauty come to earth,
bold captured stars floating on dark waters,
tossed aside here and crushed there,
steaming pass Derna ever onward,
where tracer fire ripped and rockets flared,
beneath shifting diamond dreams of night.

Ruairí de Barra

 

Satellites.
You stand in condemnation a thousand miles away,
the disconnected screen far from suffering living flesh,
oblivious to the screaming which greets the day,
billion dollar satellites streaking across the heavens,
delivering the manipulated digestible grotesque,
another pitiful cargo dumped into the ocean,
beneath the Moon where man walked once,
glorious in all our proud progress,
oh would that an end of slaughter have descended,
for stepping out into the edge of our existence.

Ruairí de Barra

These poems were kindly published by Black Bough Poetry. Their website says that they publish micro-poems from across the world and that only the most compressed, the most pristine, the most vivid, make the cut.

So I am very proud and thankful that Editor Matthew Smith saw fit to include my work in the company of some truly wonderful poets and writers.

Defiance was published in Black Bough Poetry Issue 2: Lux Aeterna.
You can find it here.

Diamond Dreams was published in Black Bough Poetry Issue 3: Yoke.
You can find it here.

Satellites was written for Black Bough Poetry Issue 2: Lux Aeterna, however, it did not make it to print, so it may as well enter a low earth orbit here.

You can find their great website here https://www.blackboughpoetry.com

The photographs are those of the wonderfully talented Gilbert Vancell. https://gvancell.com/

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