Raison d’être

I was thinking about social isolation.  This poem is perhaps one concept of how it can come about.

This poem was recently chosen by The Suffolk Poetry Society for publication in their magazine ‘Twelve Rivers.’




I do not look back

there is too much to see

some of which I do not wish to own

preferring the security of a present impermanence.


There have been deceptions

having learnt when very young

the power of a well constructed lie

that in time can convince its author of validity.


Cruelty is casually learnt

honed sharply from experience

The mother who would not speak for days

The father whose  interests were outside his family


There is security in indifference

which never needs reflective thought.

Let nothing stir  the silence of your wake

on the shallow, mirrored surface of your passing.




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