Stalking Beatrice

A Short-Story in Verse   The Timeless Meets the Timely   The shadow of eternity falls painfully On the moment that craves immortality. Memories fortified into cold marble Cast a pall of nascent experiences Seeking to shed their wind-starved wings. The Timeless gods so unfamiliar yet intimate Are a forest, labyrinthine and unkind, That guide…

Ballads From The Lockdown

Written by Cassandra in her lockdown in Lisbon       Barbed-Wire Teeth   Last night I dreamt I had barbed wire in my teeth. In the morning I travelled to Sintra To watch the sunrise bleed Over the castle and forest That have never known barbed wire.   It was beautifully lonely, Like a…

Cassandra’s Book of Poems

A series of poems written by Cassandra, main character of my novel Beauty and Freedom, after the end of the novel. For those interested in reading the novel and to read the story of the author of these poems, follow the link to Amazon here.       Beauty and Poetry   Life has no meaning;…

Resistance Song

Resistance Song   We used to sing songs against fascism, You and I and the world, But now we’ve gone silent And what does the world have to say?   When we sang the truth We said nothing any liar couldn’t say. I raised history from the dead But I forgot to turn water into…

Since You Want the Light

Timeless   Reading poetry in the sun I can assign oblivion to forgetting.   Reading poetry in the sun I can entomb history Within the silver dome I see From the corner of my eye.   Reading poetry in the sun I feel at home on the empty boat That lies deathly still On the…

Poems for the Quiet Hours

Lights on the Horizon   When the air is heavy with change Keep the horizon in the corner of your eye.   When love breaks and tears you in two Keep the horizon in the corner of your eye.   When plans are re-designed in failure’s image Keep the horizon in the corner of your…

Poems of Passing Youth

I   My body floats on the wind. So long as I am a teenager I am a bird. I wish my body can stay A teenager forever. But I am a bird.     II   She seemed so young Until the slogans came And carried her on their backs Like a fallen tree…

Poems of Remembrance

Goddess of Youth   The goddess of youth Flies like a tainted riff Over ancient temples long bombed.   Will she come to kiss me Or shun me into submission?   The Sisters of Fate weave secrets Worse than number tattoos They toy with destinies suspended From the softly swaying gallows.   And the goddess…

Budapest Poems

   St. Stephen’s Basilica   Alone in a crowd Where the basilica gives mass.   Pantheon of ivory Your windows are closed.   Dome like a panzer Hidden behind the steeples.   I think of what you will be At nightfall, and I mourn.   Alone in a crowd Where teenagers give mass.   Sea…

Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

The title is not my own. It is the title of a book every literature lover should own. Poems That Make Grown Make Cry is an anthology of poetry, edited by Anthony and Ben Holden, selected by renowned celebrities. People as diverse as Richard Dawkins, Stephen Fry, Jeremy Irons and Christopher Hitchens chose poems that…