Poetry

January 3, 2018 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

Elijah Hiett photo

 

By

Mark Tarren

 

 

 

A World Without Borders

 

 

I long to live in a world without borders

like the desert

with its shifting sand unseen

blows away the memories

of Nationalism

 

Tread carefully,

for you are treading on my dreams.

 

I long to live in a world without borders

where there is no barbed wire

between men and women

no tears between

 

Tread carefully,

for you are treading on my dreams.

 

I long to live in a world without borders

a world

a universe without maps

one uncharted face

with gentle hands

seen

 

Tread carefully,

for you are treading on my dreams.

 

I long to live in a world without borders

where the countless winds

of the desert

unseen

shift across an ever-changing world

 

Tread carefully,

for you are treading on my dreams.

 

 

 

 

Catching Water

 

 

It will rain tonight

the young man looks to the sky

to the clouds

the moon plays on his cinnamon skin

 

to catch water cut from Heaven.

 

Many more men huddle together

a brotherhood of starving crows

chattering together

as they dig together

digging into the night together

 

clothed in the spirits of

ancient divers and dancers

diviners dying and digging together

their hands open the rubbish bins

as the moon plays on their skin

 

to catch water cut from Heaven.

 

The young mans arm

twists back into darkness

once covered in blood

beatings

bruising

 

now wounds fill with thirst

hunger

terror

that burst this cinnamon skin

a sheet for mosquitoes.

 

It will rain tonight

the young man looks to the sky

 

that water cut from Heaven

is

 

the soft skin of

his beloved’s wrist

at the base of her thumb

her quiet eyes

the scent of his newborn son

before the valley of fears

in a sky long ago

when the stars were kind

 

it is the shadow of tears

 

it is the taste of freedom.

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Tarren

Mark Tarren is a poet and writer based in Queensland, Australia.

His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in various literary journals including The Blue Nib, Poets Reading The News, Street Light Press, Spillwords Press and The New Verse News.

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