Angst and Laughter

At this time of Good Will to All, extra financial, physical and commercial pressures test the strength of relationships. I offer this short poem to help with the angst ~

37180024 copy (1)Steaming Uphill

You’re wrong, I’m right.

Barbed words snag and slice

Spine stiff, lace boots.

Off out. End of.

Mud sucks in the grey dark.

Sheep bleat between bites of

Storm starved winter grass

New life kicks in woolen bellies.

Slip down slick steps

The stream applauds softly,

And a woodpecker laughs

Moss drips bright. Climb. 

Hands on knees, lungs gasp

From the top of the world

I glimpse my insignificance

And space for both points of view.

And, as a contrast, this equally short poem to make you smile ~

String is King

Here I am reciting these two poems at Holmfirth Library's Winter Lights event.

Here I am reciting these two poems at Holmfirth Library’s Winter Lights event.

Sellotape or string?

Give me string anytime.

 Oh I know Sellotape is easier, quicker, more secure.

But where is the magic, the imagination?

The hoola skirts made from

The frayed bit in your pocket,

When you’re listening but not hearing.

 Knotted string trembles with anticipation in your fingers

Then opens its arms in joyous celebration

Welcoming you inside,

Eager and willing to play again and again.

Whilst stingy Sellotape merely ties you in sticky knots,

Tearing paper in tiny tantrums.

A prima donna refusing a repeat performance.

Would Sellotape deign to hold your shoes together

Or keep your trousers up,

Even in an emergency?

 I think not,

Give me string anytime.

 Season’s greetings to you all and happy reading!


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. David Brook
    Dec 09, 2014 @ 11:11:17

    Lovely poems. I love the photo too 🙂 I took that years ago, I didn’t realise you had a copy.


    • kimmwalker
      Dec 09, 2014 @ 11:41:18

      Whoops! I should have given you a credit! It’s a stunning photo and perfect for this poem. It took me ages to figure out how to get it out of a pdf file and into this post.


  2. Lizzie Koch (@Lizzie_Koch)
    Dec 09, 2014 @ 21:58:22

    Can relate to the first poem; having the hump then going out for a walk, letting it melt away and get some perspective. Very calming words. And don’t get started on the sellotape!


  3. carolwarham
    Dec 11, 2014 @ 20:32:27

    Lovely poems Kimm and a lovely photo too! 😀


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