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Gerard Heathcote

Afternoon at Helford

A song of sorrow birds’ incant
By the Helford river trees whisper
In my ear I feel the echo of your voice
Long gone the reality of partings choice
I loved you so my soul embraces loss
Like the low slung branches bathe the rivers edge
And sigh, wind swept heave and toss

The sun shone that day in May
I followed your dancing silhouette through trees
Flecked with light and speckled river glimpses
Happy woods echo the bliss of loves energies
A river cleared space wrapped our bodies
In the suns heat and solitude woven in branches
Deep in the silent forest loves closeness felt
At your feet I adored and knelt

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The Red Toothbrush

Your red toothbrush sits still
In my bathroom window cill
Facing south in your direction
A metaphor for our disaffection
Each day the sun goes by
And casts a shadow like a sigh

I sigh for you my sweetest dear
I can’t release myself from fear
That your brush will dry remain
No more to caress a toothy stain
It’s colour lightens each new day
From red to pink it fades away

I’ve not touched it since you went
Spiders live there pay no rent
One two three I count the hairs
I want to kick it down the stairs
It’s all remains of what we shared
When this has gone I’ll be spared

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Christmas? Cheers

Christmas is a time of focussed energy
Expectations of happy moments
Phone calls to distant relatives
Cards with greetings and happy thoughts
Hope for reconciliation and love
Peace descending like a dove

All our plans for meals in and out
Parties and works do’s funny hats
Send some money to sons and daughters
Buy little gifts for friends and acquaintances
Write charity cards with similar greetings
Arrange for endless lunchtime meetings

This sounds like a joyful time
Everyone you meet tells the same tale
Glad when it’s over and normal service resumed
Perhaps we go to a church service at midnight
Pray for a new start the lord will provide
A year full of errors and hurt put aside

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