Tenderness

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The warmth of human kindness
Thaws the ice inside the heart
And how it hurts
To come alive
To feel such beauty
Pulsing willingly
In green keen earth
To grow and throw
A shower of motley bounty
Rich for free
When needed we
Forget this privilege
So easily go falling
Always far
From Eden’s grace
This race of man
Should not show kindness
For it kindly hurts
To know also
The cruelty
What we do and be and show

©K Barr

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Temptation

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Dark things hide in dark
Don’t go down there
To grow
My friend just keep
Within the known
What’s shown before
Don’t risk the deep
Where shadows creep and crawl
And dragons fly all
Beasts so mythical
They make you quake
And weep to drag you
To a fate so fearful
You may fall into
The other side of good
Get lost forever
Never understood
I would you
Grow instead
In light and love
Be bright and see
So easily that all is well
If well you keep
Within this boundary
Wall you dwell only
No hell can
Steal your soul don’t
Look too deep
Into the ocean
Of the tears that cried
Outside these lines
Stay in this side
Of right beside in light
Look up be bright
Don’t go into the dark
To find what’s there
Don’t care
Just stay within this
Enclave safe beset
Before you wondered
What would lie behind
The door ignore
I plead
Don’t go that way
For…Hey I say
Come back…..

©K Barr

Winter of the Soul

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Cold
When energy
Contracts
All acts
A necessary force of will
Retreat is pleading
Needing still
No movement to conserve
A hope for future
In reserve
All bids for living
Frozen hard
For spirits slumber
Deep and memories of warmth
That passed
Are all the food for dreams
We have to keep us safe…

©K Barr

Bereaved

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I slide so easily along
This well-worn path
From old I know so well
The curves and bends
It wends me through
The ways it spins and sends
Me reeling into spaces
I can’t recognise from sight
That’s blinded in these troughs
So dark I know from touch
These places mark the plights
I fought to flee to keep a hold
Of me the pieces
That I fell into
When I lost you
My self
I seek again…
©K Barr