Stephen Mead

 

Doors As

 

Arches, the good curve of this wood,

The mahogany pine mix, cherry-gold

Where, golden, the sun comes 

As an autumnal coat of stained glass –

These leaves glimpsed in their angelhood

Through this threshold that is open,

This gateway of elevation

Certain as the sky

Hands reach for

As if searching to find, turn some very big

Invisible knob, & ascension is easy then,

Ascension is everything –

The curve of the bow

Spirit shoots for

 

 

 

The Clause 28s

 

Blissful ignorance——

           BE SERIOUS 

(Whose?)  Secure as a monarchy——

         DO RESEARCH 

          in not so quiet decline——

           HOW 

Shush. Mum's the

                   word is they ain't——-

(Say it plain)

       GROPE IN THE DARK

                 afraid of emasculation——- 

      GROW W/OUT GUIDANCE

                havin' enough clamps——- 

(Read clauses)

                to halt information——-  

(Huh?)

               You know

                 POMPOUS INTOLERANCE 

               censorship shows——- 

                PROVING STRENGTH

                       a good example——-

              OVERBLOATED 

(But they be civil, they be polite.)

                        A parliamentary rule—–

(Oh yea, wigs 'n britches)

             THIS MINISTRY THINKS

                      confiscating files——- 

(and tea with biscuits)

             IT'S THE TOWER OF

                      with pumice to scrub—-- 

(you mean like Lady M)

             KNOWLEDGE

                     inky thumbprints——- 

("Out, out damn spot")

              WE MUST BE LOST

                     no blemishes then——- 

(Thank God for Shakespeare)

             CITIES JUST UN-

                   only an Orwellian 

(I feel enlightened)

             DISCOVERED

                    room 101

 

Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 caused the controversial addition of Section 2A to the Local Government Act 1986 (affecting England, Wales and Scotland, but not Northern Ireland), enacted on 24 May 1988. The amendment stated that a local authority "shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality."

 

 

 

Disillusioned

 

This hand that unclasps itself—-

on purpose?——

This head still a satellite dish, eyes

on rotation for signs—-

Why

not——

A shrug after hope momentarily finds itself

no longer quite resolute—-

Hope gazing at sunshine here, blossoms, there &,

in shadows, a sudden remembrance or

The Khmer Rouge.

 

Innocence, that

sacrificial calf

bleeds into a deer form

of sensitive features.

 

Looking hard, instinct can't utterly disregard

how universally neutral nature is,  passing out

pestilence along with enough rice.

 

God's work.

The mysterious Way.

 

Whatever faith, mysticism

carries us through chance

toward ultimate self-responsibility

realized

yin

yang

hands like a food chain

broken to

connect

further on:

the wilderness disappearance of deer through mist.

 

How branches, antler shaped, peer from

the former killing fields

of such blotted palm glades.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

THE COURTSHIP OF WINDS

© 2015 by William Ray