Lonliness

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Smile on face
Is worn before
And carried like tea
On a tray to serve
If you please
And thank you
Before you leave
A tip about
The space you made
Too late
To save a place
For me at your table

© K J barr

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Down Way Down The Seems

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Down way down
The slipping sliding slope
Whose scope spins round
In rings of wringing
Writhe of feelings
Twisted in a dizzy dam
So damned and knotted
Conflict cannot
Stop propelling the
Frustration teeming
Reams of reeling feelings
Keen and never heard
Above the din of clamouring
Inaction framed in stasis
Stopped in motion
Round the wringing
Rim of feeling
Damned in slipping down
Around the sliding slope of feeling
Low below the face of
Surface hold of this thin seam
Of seeming truth

© K J barr

Breathing Flesh and Bone

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Punch of puncture
Hole In heads
To let the steaming
Screams pour out
In drain of dreams
Whose seams have strained
In mass too critical
To bear the pierce
Of pointed truth
Too humbling the
Stain of feeling far too much
The marks of the insane
Writ large on walls
From opened veins
To let the pain out
Words by far
Do miss the wounds
They chase we pitch
Against our demons
Named as foe in race
Against what fate has drawn
Instead of greeting them
As guest
Angelic hosts as those
Bring missives
Of the deepest heart
In beat of need
A simple yearn for turning
To a quietude of
Self acceptance
Loving in this livelihood
Of breathing flesh and bone

© K J barr

Fidelity

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Do not forsake me
Oh my darkling Soul
When turned to see
The black of shadows
Swallow into nights
The small and flickering
Light of hope
To hold and have
Such need of you
Explaining
All my meaning
Keeping truth complete
And never leaning
To a bias of an other
Dream my dreams
Of being full
And carry me across
The thresholds of such danger
In the doubting of my steps
And never erasing me
In longing ever
To be other
Than I am
My love you are
My thread which hold
Together my beginning
To my end
I am the one
Who has to learn
To keep the line in hands
Through turning
Of the day right through
The loss of light
In deepest night
Of blackest lack
Of bearing seeking
Sighting of fidelity to you!

© K J barr

Honey Tongue

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Honey cloven cleft of foot
My lover left a print
Indented on my head
Was trod
In dance of night time wild
All the night
Was whispered secrets
In a tongue I can not tell
The charm it spoke
Nor heed the key
Of names in saying of
Break spells my life has cast
My lots and tied my hands
To what is put before
Me trod on lies
I told myself
And have to keep
Appointment with the deeds
That I have done

© K J barr

A Hungry Only Soul

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The need to feed
On food of love
Is seeded deep a
Beat in every heart
So steady red
In seeking
Food for love
Yet need
Unheeded grows
To greed the
Undernourished plead
Of open mouths
And legs and hearts
Exposed
Too clamorous
In raw uproar
Un- amorous
Demand to bite
To bare of bone
And splinter it to
Take without the give
In greed so ravenous
Disclosure of a
Hungry only soul

© K J Barr

The Look for Love

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The look for love
Is do or die
The soul folds back
Into the self
Balls tight
A fist to fight
An armoured shell
In bid to save itself
From hell it digs
A ditch to dwell
In pitch of black
Where all is lack
Of colour
Longing for a song
It deafens ears
From sound around
Away from cries
Of want
It craves
Only a cave
In which to hide
The miss of missive
A defeat
So great
Humiliated
Drop of height
From which a fall
To certain death
In heart is sure
No starting there
To care below a
Closing of the self
From each and everything
About is down
To dusty nothingness
To satisfy an appetite
For life

© K J barr