Planting Olive Trees

When you plant an Olive Tree
don’t sing to it,
don’t sing songs of stars and moons
and distant galaxies, don’t lean
into its leafy ears and whisper
honey words, don’t even mouth
‘I love you’, don’t recite poems
of open valleys and journeys,
don’t talk.

When you plant an Olive Tree
plant it away from other trees
and then: don’t visit it,
don’t entwine your arms […]

By |March 11th, 2016|Poetry in Motion|0 Comments

The End

When I was One,
I had just begun.

When I was Two,
I was nearly new.

When I was Three,
I was hardly Me.

When I was Four,
I was not much more.

When I was Five,
I was just alive.

But now I am Six, I’m as clever as clever.
So I think I’ll be six now for ever and ever.

by AA […]

By |February 26th, 2016|Poetry in Motion|0 Comments

In the Fashion

A lion has a tail and a very fine tail
And so has an elephant and so has a whale,
And so has a crocodile, and so has a quail –
They’ve all got tails but me.

If I had a sixpence, I would buy one;
I’d say to the shopman, “Let me try one”;
I’d say to the elephant, “This is […]

By |February 19th, 2016|Poetry in Motion|0 Comments

Two Characters in Search of a Metaphor

The characters may appear to be sitting or walking,
flying or moving, going away or coming back,
sad or happy, like Spring or Summer, Autumn or Winter,
like a bird pecking for food or an insect eating away wood,
like a sharp knife or dagger, or a strong bow and arrow,
like water and fire, like trees and clouds,
like the […]

By |February 12th, 2016|Poetry in Motion|0 Comments

Alternative Languages

In the light, the idiom of eyes
does well enough without

the stumbling syntax of words
or the awkward punctuation of hands.

So, when we saw each other
from across the room,

I knew immediately
that we would soon be standing here,

in the darkest corner of the garden,
hiding from the moon,

our eyes surrendered
to the silent language of mouths

and our hands,
to the cool […]

By |February 5th, 2016|Poetry in Motion|0 Comments

The misbehaving thought

Me and a thought decided to meet once
but it was late
it said it had got caught in traffic
but haai, you can’t trust these thoughts hey

We were supposed to meet at KFC
I like KFC because the wi-fi’s free
I arrived early
and almost an hour later
in strolls this thought
all suave in a suede blazer
jeans and moccasins
like it’s Sunday […]

By |January 22nd, 2016|Poetry in Motion|0 Comments