December 20, 2016 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

Atsuya Harukawa



Paul Tristram



A Classic Love & The Gale-Driven Windmills Of The Heart



She’s on fire, again!

Amber lighting up her eyes

like hungry wolves out hunting.

Smiling has never been so easy,

natural or dizzying.

There’s a ‘Whoosh’

to every train of thought.

Hiccups and Stuttering

to her normally delicate speech.

An intoxicating invasion

is happening somewhere deep inside…

and it’s shudderingly conquering.

The smell of tulips

is absolutely everywhere,

it must be her dead Grandmother

passing on happy blessings.

She’s kissing teacups bold

without even meaning to

and no longer

counting single magpies only.

Dresses instead of trousers,

brave enough for hats,

emerald crushed velvet

and black-less colours.

Life’s safety bar

is still slightly in reach…

but no longer white-knuckled

and held by panicked breathing.









Shaping Up Nicely



When that magnificent Sun

suddenly and unexpectedly

pops out again

from behind

those thunderous clouds

you thought were never ending.

The corners of life’s

jigsaw puzzle appear

as if from nowhere.

And the other pieces

start falling into place

as quickly as those dominos

which ‘Tower Carded’

at the beginning

of that dark cycle.

You look quickly behind yourself

with a ‘What’s That?’ glance

to see that the spring in your step

is back home where it belongs.

The Crossroads you sat at

for so very long

confused and scratching your head

has merged to become

one long, even, true road.

That smile of yours is catchy,

the ‘Once-Weight’

is now feather light,

easily removable

and Forward

is the only sensible way to go.










Paul Tristram

Paul Tristram is a Welsh writer who has poems, short stories, sketches and photography published in many publications around the world. He yearns to tattoo porcelain bridesmaids instead of digging empty graves for innocence at midnight; this too may pass, yet.

Buy his books: ‘Scribblings Of A Madman’ (Lit Fest Press), ‘Poetry From The Nearest Barstool’ and a split poetry book ‘The Raven And The Vagabond Heart’ with Bethany W Pope.

You can also read his poems and stories here.


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