Chintz Tambourine clash Smash (music) A piping wail Hoots Day of the Cars A graze of grass sheep Hedgerow making a hegemonic skyline Wires cutting clouds Wonky dyke drive in Nettle Eureka Stacks without smoke Wrought iron window - Blurs a face in pastel blue. Day of the Crane Rocks the hill Lateral this time Just cross over Chevron bypass The high street's as empty as the daytime Every where's empty even out back The sky, the trees with no leaves Noticeable about the playground The sand Following the big black glass At the transport station – I walk into you. The skull in the bramble's Picked clean by scavengers Old before your time. A selfie on the road Skull time is skull time Smashed in a white torrent rolls A giant shining black trunk Cactus wave, nod, interested observers. Now's for the winding Next, you'll dry up But now the lagoon is – action. You're so pretty squatting amongst the rocks Which keep their own rites Remember how clean you look in the forest Nobody's like you. Look down, i'll look up. Back again, every where's deserted Kinda eerie There's a fence between me, the rest. Dense foliage. Smoke on the horizon The enclosures are the worst Because they look like the best then get you. Blow sky Don't diminish more I can scarcely keep you in. A high nest on the lowlands Here come the Imaginals. Watch my stick. Into the mouth of the cave's roar A flood freeze Does time freeze, flood or fall? Nosey Chico. Perspectives unfold Nice profile Chewed up most of that. Day of the Crane Rock cleaver. Leveller. Beauty keep your eyes shut Where's it gone Oh shit Rotate baby Suspicious, wandering abroad without visible Means of support. A white cathedral In a city through the trees with leaves Who could ask for anything more Skip along Moonlight through the pines Hogey. Cakes. Nifty. Hooded. Get the picture! There's something about moss Life's tough Short cuts are stressful, as well Out in, in out That's landscape cheating in the original! Repetition is not completion. Say panter not panther I'm in saliva Wrangle, tangle I bear witness to your fall Helpless before your might It's your deal. Coming back, it's still deserted Day of the Crane. Day of the Car Hood into the snow Much time spent waiting Come over here sweetheart. After the bath Night lights. Skyline a selfie. Scarfed. We come in peace – so what! Grotesque obelisks – endure us It's just days for you! A portrait will do On the street, no one meets first one, last one, beggar man, thief Fame as we all know is an illusion, What's upstream? Day of the Imaginals. Share, share alike who's pulling who? Deserted again Framed. A solitary mister On the look out in the lowlands Halfway bridge, cross both ways Under the arches Just a step, careful - Upstream, downstream, in the stream, where! That's it, stand in the middle. Rain drops, bird shit Fractals in summertime Who's lost? In the circumference, on the periphery Roll, Primroses wild in a meadow sweet straw hat Arms akimbo She, he munching the same cud. Moving on is a must The great, the small huddle Stone, - paper in the solarium. Day of the Crazy Carnival, Flags, crucifixes Pattern soliloquy with a dazzle but the antennae steal the show in an odds on – hurrah! Lotus versus lilies, splatter the pane As magic appears again, in a sliced frame. A saloon's interior – plus furnishings A dilapidated roof where the green abounds Weather matters in the symmetry. Footpath. Wind generator. Harvested field Fern On the way she pirouettes on air, there To the Pond Fish, fishermen An hour ago Temporary emergency Closure 3 ways to nowhere Pay Here Go green at the Pond Day of the Pond. White mannequins in high window A getting wed celebration Shot on location, city in a window According to law. Story of a dog, what follows on High rise, she poses in a garden of roses Frog at Pool Farm Do not touch Danger overhead. Loose dogs on patrole. Pick your own here, at a price. It's an unnatural dead end A National Trust cul de sac Back at the farm – a fine day To grow, property. Leftover tractor's out a world war relic an outlaw, unwanted in every land. A 30 foot the wind generator Heralds the patchwork downs Behind the field the battery foreclosure Non-giving slopes, scrub A fine day for what, unrelenting power! Everybody knows reflection deceives Water lilies, moor-hens Sunken branches in their shadows Are all in their boundaries Layers of surfaces where we drown in shine across on the peripheral horizon In attendant regard they stay in non committal stares on the edges of muddy banks. So expensive – Monumentals Shoppers in displays. Christmas trees Identifiable by their electric coronas. Streets are ghosts Mew in the park Stay, forever stray. Coffee table bird time Perch which-a-way You peek that-a-way I'll peek this-a-way Look straight up. More monuments Inside crinkly colours Embalmed in sweets Outside more ghosts Even with the ladder You carry to climb out from Where the shadows carry you. Clipped in a mirror on a silver stair A sectional action recorded In a space time bloc Whose being had! Tombstone blues on the pavements Bull fights – Bull shit Make my day. Paper floats as air boats Hanging besides the stair Clock on the wall Locked door Glass walls Sit in the New Gardens Paper refreshments, art décor All the world's a collage On your doorstep On the polished wooden bench Where you mustn't die On this occasion in the Arcade. Lest we forget Time branches in the mist A mix of entropies. Artifice in perspective From a high window watch the queue In the rain paying to go in. I'll watch you walk out Follow your backs Against the back of the day A day's visit down river, bank bikes Cathedral caught in a glimpse Between trees Instanced in a stacked stance The barges being for the other. Under the bridge again Cat on the roof, (Black) There was a plague A multitude in pastiche Heads up everywhere Old Masters eternally retouched Ghosts forever young, where we fade. Offices to let Sitting out history on the lawn Where no birds sing, a few pigeons Alms at the Workhouse, hard times Every tower aspiring sweetly like a flower. Sheer in carved stone it looms before its minions Inside the double white non parking line We stand around between pickets In the name of tyranny. To see or not to see, mere mereness of distortion As if the far side were the other side. As if One step were an inexorable impossible reach Not to its impossibility but to serve only ruins. Daytime is a sham of inverted symmetry. Beyond the blur It glows down the strand Hidden in foreclosure A gem gleams. On crowded sunny days Heroic kudos to their statues On a deserted place by night A glittering cone of light A winter festal. Emptiness. A grey bell tower chimes the hour Adds a person in less than a minute. Bubbles beneath the surface Amazing amber in golden silt The hazes are in flight Bridle the day Growth, overgrowth is not so lush Wreckage of our spoil A poisoned banquet for all But for a day. We must peer down There's room in the street for us The ultimate consummation Hunger is a cause Try it side on – both The wood's laid out in plan Round another magic bend Behold, Day of the Plague. Access to the land is denied Use your wristwatch after arrival Don't look now - it's behind you At last form, lilac on the hill Time to pose. Lets try it in reverse Turn twice, above us only bell How picturesque, the large By the wayside, which side are you on? A relic of yore, want to play? No exit from the bus stop Is this an argument for sufficient reason? Almost spot on Suddenly it's lilac again Whose playing anyway? Another time Close up you fall but shouldn't Close close the water waits Waits more still, the whichaway sign Advances the retreat. A garden of your own Tooth in claw after all No where’s safe. What's that A workhouse turned theatre Burlesque in a cartoon charade Civilisation is never far away Just round the corner in fact Follow the path you can't get lost Names name names. It will have to do It's choice after all, isn't it. Either the sky or us Take your pick Is it a UFO or the government. Only the downs sing on Caught up pointing nowhere A place from before On the crown of its own desolation. Meanwhile on a broken wing Clouds tangle with the moon's moment A sufficient distortion of fact.
Robin Ouzman Hislop was an Editor at the 12 year running on line monthly poetry journal Poetry Life & Times, now at Artvilla.com, as its Editor. He has made many appearances over the last years in the quarterly journals Canadian Zen Haiku, including In the Spotlight Winter 2010 & Sonnetto Poesia. Previously published in international magazines, his recent publications include Voices without Borders Volume 1 (USA), Cold Mountain Review, Appalachian University N Carolina, The Poetic Bond Series, available at The Poetic Bond and Phoenix Rising from the Ashes an Anthology of Sonnets. He has recently completed a volume of poetry, All the Babble of the Souk , publication now available. He is currently resident in Spain engaged in poetry translation projects.