Tag Archives: existential

TENET

The day is done

before the day has begun,

empty bottles line doorsteps waiting

for a milkman who will never come;

A mute roar of silent crowds

in deserted stadiums

where no-one is playing

and no football is kicked,

all their yesteryear glories

filling all their tomorrows;

The grass is growing backwards

as the Sun recedes at noon,

jokes are told after the

laughter gets swallowed back

down into throats,

words once uttered

are scrolled up into mouths,

each journey begins with the last step

backwards;

Answers precede questions

questions precede doubts

doubts precede thought;

shrouds at weddings

funerals at births,

The day has begun

before the day is done..

Spendthrift

                Spendthrift

Time spent
spending time
like a spendthrift
in a thriftshop,
shopping for forgotten
Seconds care worn and frayed
Days kept unspent in dusty jars
Years that no-one has any use for,
collections of memories bound with amnesia,
the bric-a-brac of longing
pain and regret
fills the thriftshop
where like a spendthrift
we’re spending time
until all our time is spent,
throwing away a future
that no longer fits us
a future we’ve outgrown.