All that night / it rained, and I traced my mistakes / up and down his spine.
The night I got grave dust on my hands after dusting off my mother’s grave / I was lent a…
My Lute, bee as thou wast when thou didst grow
/ With thy greene Mother in some shadie Grove,
/ When immelodious Windes but…
in memory of my grandfather
/ (after Schubert’s piano sonata in C minor D958)
/ Hammer-blows ring on a hull in dry-dock
/ then dazzling sparks…
Where is the real bazaar?
/ I want to buy an eyeful of kindness.
/ I want to dress my soul in hyperbole.
/ There’s a…
/ My friend and comrade,
/ Do you remember
/ The night of uhuru
/ When the celebration drums throbbed
/ And men and women wept with joy
When I go out,
/ I leave the music on
/ to guard the souls of the dead,
/ music of the ancients that carries
/ the smell…
in from the riverside
/ where the putter of boat engines dulls
/ you practise scales
/ by a low pool among trees
/ long slow notes climb…
It’s raining at the garden centre.
/ I walk through dripping aisles of potted herbs
/ in a cool green rinse of aniseed and…