Raking over old ground

Raking over old ground

The simplicities of childhood
            that we carry with us all our lives
hope springs in springtime
            new life and lambing in the fields
daffodils grown and bought in bunches
            the lighter evenings
and a lighter heart
            the earth freshly groomed
and the prospect of love
            Resurrection and endless return
the promise of the coming months
            our pulses fired by the sun
and our delight in the swifts
            and swallows that return to the air

No trace of their human shadows
            down by Shad Thames
last year’s love nest abandoned
            the blinds drawn
and she gone south
            to nurse her shattered dream
to displace the memory
            of all that she had
of all that she so carelessly and yet
            so wilfully threw away

John Lyons

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Merciful moon

Merciful moon

Full wholesome immaculate moon
            I have waited for you all my life
your perfect roundness in the dark sky
            your dimpled surface that shines down
and illuminates our nightly ventures
            the stuff we play at
our trusted dreams
            All my life
waiting for fulfilment
            for someone whose love would
shake me to the core of my being
            moon without shadow without guile
hues of ivory or soft white linen
            star-kissed ever faithful moon

John Lyons

 

Maritime matters

blood and snow
Blood and snow, John Lyons (oil on canvas)

Maritime matters

The hypnotic sound of the sea
            breaking on the shore
the hydraulic power of the waves
            that race in and appear to trip
and crash down on the shingle
            the rasp as the waters retreat
the white surf lacing the beach
            Something primeval within us
nostalgia for the ocean depths
            from which we emerged
and for a simpler form of life
            for that prime motility
that brings us to where
            we are today

The sea runs in our veins
            with all the essential salts
star warmth marine blood
            stoking the complexities
of human relations
            the come and go upon dry land
She loves me she loves me not
            another shore another sea
there is always another
            another and another

John Lyons

Blood and snow

Blood and snow

Those early days were the best
            when we first travelled together
and you brought blueberries
            or cherries to snack on the train

I remember how your eyes lit up
            when I asked you that question
in the Southwark Tavern and how
            unconsciously you licked your lips

I remember the night we spent
            in Bruton and all the love we made
all the fun             Snow on the platform
            where we waited for the return train

the boys throwing aimless snowballs
            across the tracks and the young sailor
telling us of his life at sea 
            and the radiance of your smile

John Lyons

One vast cathedral

One vast cathedral

Joy that is that essential emotion
            that comes from peace and harmony
from life’s live and let live
            no place for bitterness or hatred
only the inflections of kindness
            and tenderness towards one another
the energies that rise
            through the limbs and are put
to work to good purpose
            to build relationship and trust

We in our intrinsic selves are part

            of the one true cathedral
built not from stone
            but from our cleft flesh
held aloft by proud bone
            the beating heart of humanity
and through the passing of generations
            the love that never ends

John Lyons

Une grande cathédrale

La joie : c’est cette émotion essentielle
            qui découle de la paix et de l’harmonie
du fait de vivre et de laisser vivre
            Pas de place pour l’amertume ou la haine
seulement les inflexions de gentillesse
            et de tendresse les uns envers les autres
les énergies qui montent
            à travers les membres
et qui sont employées à bon escient
            pour construire des relations et la confiance

Nous en nous-mêmes faisons partie

            de la seule et vraie cathédrale
construite non pas en pierre
            mais en chair fendue
maintenue en hauteur par un os fier
            cœur battant de l’humanité et
au fil des générations
            un amour qui ne finit jamais

 

Down by the Danube

Danube June 2018
The Danube, Vienna, 23 June 2018

Down by the Danube

On that glorious day in June
            we cycled along the banks
of the Danube
            alongside its blue waters
where swans swam in groups
            waters bound for Hungary
and beyond into Ukraine
            and the Black Sea

For a while we rode together
            but you knew the way
and you headed off alone
            and were soon out of sight
I thought you would turn back
            or wait for me to catch up
but you didn’t and I never did
            and I never have

John Lyons

Вниз по Дунаю

У той славний день червня
            ми їздили по банках
Дунаю
            поруч з його блакитними водами
де лебеді плавали в групах
            води, спрямовані до Угорщини
і за межі України
            і Чорне море

Деякий час ми їхали разом
            але ви знали шлях
і ви відправилися в поодинці
            і незабаром зникли з поля зору
Я думала, ти повернешся назад
            або почекайте, щоб мене наздогнали
але ви не зробили, і я ніколи не робив цього
            і я ніколи не маю