On typewriters, of romance

 

Today we have forgotten
whose shoulders we stand
 
On typewrites, the greats works have been produced
but on occasion, mediocre sequels too
let us not be an unkind sequel
 
Typewriters were the combination
of engineering meeting out romance and the mundane
Love letters producing the most careful of tears
“My dearest darling”
 
Letters to mothers and wife’s
tears of such loss – “we regret to inform you”
Your son/husband was lost
 
There were Clanks and Clunks
of success and failure
a smell of correction
liquid paper to cover
 
I cannot produce great works
of love, but I can lease my heart
for an undisclosed time
 
I can stand on the shoulders
of Shelly or Byron
and tell you
 
That the shore in no longer lonely
‘so lift me as a wave, or let me
bleed as a cloud’
 

Let me type this romance
on a keyboard, though lifeless
with no typewriter action
it can still produce, thus
 
‘face the thorns of life
together, pricking neither thumb
nor forefinger’
 
Let us carry it as one


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Bruce Ruston 2014

Indeed standing on the shoulders
of Shelly and Byron

Guest Poet

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the passing storm

the tide is turning
     waves are building
          higher with each day
     a build up of
          tension
               stress
          until all is
               drowning
                    sinking
                         suffocating
               overcome by
                    obligations
                         responsibilities
                              a task list so long
                                   its a novel
                    so many things
                         so many pills
                              so many, many things and pills
                                   all piling up so high
                                        so high
                                             so very, very high

     

and
crashing
smashing
down

     

     ’til I’m left
     just afloat
     on top of the swell
     treading water like hell
     to keep up my head
     so my face can tell lies
     about ‘everything’s fine’

     

and then later

     

in your arms
the dam bursts
no lies only truth
and there will be tears
many tears falling fast
’til the beat of your heart
and the warmth of your love
sooth my life-battered soul
into calmness and peace
as sleep forgives all
till the morning