“Throat”

you cooled
with distorted movements

quiet voices;
“downward is heavenward”

here, platformed
thinking you knew us

“The Valley”

We swept through the valley like wind
rustling over undergrowth and roots,
drinking our fill of air and life and love.

we found that grove of trees,
heard those voices older than words,
felt faces in the bark and salt
on the floor – blood was spilt
long ago, here, for Gods long gone.

once, they’d stood together
on roots drunk with life
once, they’d stood together
against a legion’s love
once, they’d lay together
amidst the burning trees.

from that grove a new emerges,
godless, born of salt and blood
and song: the song’s of bards
born before the wall could crumble.

we found that grove, and many others:
we found and we remember
what chants lived in these boughs,
and what God’s died in them.

“A Voice Rings Out”

A voice rings out.

Through black I step and stop
waiting and wondering whether
tomorrow’ll lead to greater things
or draw me into the past.

In time I hear the words
i’d needed said since
this long laboured listless
fall from grace began.

The light seems brighter still
having felt the darkness
of a world uncaring
and a people untouched.

Such bleak barrens
was I imprisoned in,
till these words walked
me into our tomorrow.

Your voice rings out.