Pay Attention

Pay Attention

Day 15 of 30 Days of Poetry

A small purple flower growing from beneath a rock alongside the path
Don't stop
To think
Of where
You are
Just walk
On by
Without
A glance
Keep all
Your thoughts
Inside
Your head
Got to
Keep up
With the
People
Walk in
Lockstep
Don't you
Dawdle
There's no
Time to
See where
You are
Going
And you
Never
Even
Noticed
Where you
Had been.
Stop.
Think.


Walk,


Glance,
Keep


Your head.







Dawdle,
There's
Time to
See.


You


Noticed.
Unforgiven

Unforgiven

Day 10 of 30 Days of Poetry

Close-up of a rusted scratch on a steel plate, looking like torn skin
Now, Hell is other people,
So the deepest thinkers say,
Or else eternal torment
Lies beyond your dying day

With lakes of burning brimstone
Where inhuman demons play,
Your unfulfilled temptations
Used to tease, then put away.

But Hell for me is living
With this knowledge every day:
I can't rewrite what happened,
Past mistakes are here to stay.

If only I had been there
When instead I went away.
My punishment is certain:
I inflict it every day.

Who needs infernal demons
When her own soul she can flay?
I deserve this pain I feel
For the trust I did betray.

Going With the Flow

Going With the Flow

Day 9 of 30 Days of Poetry

Waves crash into a solid rock, spraying high
The timeless rock stands guard
Against the passing years,
A friend we always see
Unchanged through ageing eyes.

My parents knew this rock
Forebears of theirs did too,
But I will break that chain.

I vow no child of mine
Will moor their life and ride
At anchor till their end.

My child will know the sea
And learn to float and swim:
Let the tidal current flow
And take them where it will.