Poems of Love

The Messenger

The Messenger

You announced your arrival
on a day pre-loaded with drama
in a month surprised by blizzards.
You waved a red flag that day,
finishing with a fireworks display.
Then silence.

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The Languages of Love

The Languages of Love

I come to you on foot, my arms full of gifts.
I’m eager for touch, for hugs and for kisses.
Your landmines explode, blast me to pieces.
Body parts and presents litter the street.
Wounded, I withdraw, and admit defeat.

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That Woman on Lesvos

That Woman on Lesvos

That woman,
the one climbing out of the sinking boat
the one with blue lips in a light summer coat
the one whose life jacket does not even float.
That woman could be me.

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Loving a Hurting Child

Loving a Hurting Child

To her, we’re just carers
Paid to look after her.
Never to be trusted.

She keeps her distance.
No touching. No hugs.
‘Soon, I’ll go home to my family.’

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Women March

Women March

I was born into this world to see this:
women holding hands
with women,
with children,
with men,
as our roots intertwine

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Pray With Me

Pray With Me

After I called you at four in the morning
and you prayed with me,
something shifted.
I called you from a place of mourning
and you stayed with me.
I had drifted,

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Ties of Blood

Ties of Blood

(Bristol, England)
The tree and I have an understanding.
Neither of us can live without the other.
I breathe in the tree’s buoyant blessing
from airstream to bloodstream, a constant flow.

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Love Poem to My Feet

Love Poem to My Feet

You are my everyday-friend, my big dividend.
You stick by me wherever I go.
You are my freedom-rider, my depression-hider.
You bring me up when I’m low.

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