Three poems, ‘Back to Basics’ , ‘The Simple Things’ & ‘Damaged’ were published in the Northern Irish literary magazine ‘Ulla’s Nib,’ in 2009. Here are the three poems:
Back to Basics
My computer died
today. I don’t mind
too much, though. I’ve
grown tired of the Information
Superhighway, & all
I really need is some
paper, a pen, a
woman to love me then
break my heart, &
then I’ll be able to
write again. Yes, then
I’ll be able to write
The Simple Things
I take pleasure in the simple things:
The first cigarette after breakfast.
The steam from a fresh cup of coffee on my face.
Building a fire on a cold autumn day, then
a well-cooked meal in the evening.
A lazy walk along the towpath.
Shifting clouds in the silver sky.
Leaves drifting down from the trees
as I walk to work in the cold.
Watching a woman walk with grace in the street.
The feel of rain on my face.
The memory of your laughter in my ear.
Putting down my truth in words.
I take pleasure from the simple things:
& when I add the simple things together,
as one would string a necklace of pearls,
I might find that I have fashioned
what can perhaps be called a life again.
I desire the damaged ones,
those whom I cannot fix
but who help break me.