The Phoenix And The Raven

(Henry VIII & Anne Boleyn) She strolled like a dark phantom through my mind, An ivory vision, a sleepless shade; Haunted was I, destroyed by passion, blind. The Phoenix to the raven fate did bind, Gold to shadow, a thousand days to fade, She strolled like a dark phantom through my mind. What wit, this … Continue reading The Phoenix And The Raven

Woodbine Lizzie

Woodbine Lizzie Do you remember Woodbine Lizzie? In her many coats, heavy ‘ginst wind, Dark and moth eaten, most, And battered tram conductor’s hat Balanced on a ragged cloche That women of jazz age did not ‘leev 'ooam wiyaat’. Boots with heels, our father remembers, Pounding out cobbles Of city where she weathers each storm, … Continue reading Woodbine Lizzie

Broken by Hand

What heart, my love What bitter chill That breaks the blade To wish you ill The words that cut Brutal and sharp In unkind speak To split a heart And take you pleasure With joyous laugh Cracked and broken To know thy craft What heart in shade What frozen core Night-time looming For evermore. Copyright … Continue reading Broken by Hand


Ah, where do I belong? Oh traitorous soul, In this page turning of self And loathing. Where made up words Fell mighty oaks In between the listless and the broken. Ah, where do I belong? Wanting more than empty boxes And fallow, vacant songs That can’t be sung. Their five minute rhymes Of paper thin … Continue reading Woven


The rain falls as it always falls on unfinished tales No one noticing the shadows that stretch away from the long light Where once the dragons danced on the tongues of men and legends were born, No one misses them Or the rubbish discarded and uncomplicated In a testament to modern living, Plastic lingering forevermore … Continue reading Listen

Copyright RMC September


The moon defines us In our whispers, Forbidden. This boarded house, Papered in other people’s memories, Layered in time with graffiti, Is our haven against the outside, Against all that is so black and white And the rain that curses the broken window pane. Upstairs a tap still drips, Moments, heartbeats, seconds And we steal … Continue reading Shades

I See

I see the rain now Where once the sunlight skipped And laughter, merry, upon my tide Where only storms of dragons roost I see the fires now Lit upon angry words Where once a passion did joyful blaze And burn in happy laughter made I see footsteps passed That part upon the mud Lonely strides … Continue reading I See