The old woman
The old woman that lives at the end of the lane
As she has forever
Eternally stamped and as dishevelled
As the sea washed seafront
Youth subtly avoiding her
As she, hangs her washing on the line.
Ignoring the winds kiss.
The ceramic walls
Of the home she decorates in her evening wishes
Cheroot’s plastered over the floor
Along with the oils and colours
Of paintings she creates
Her time split between
Incessant loquaciousness and monastic silence
In this cul-de-sac
Of forgotten dreams she labours
Against times idling thumb twittering.
And as the wolf whistles
To the girls into the night
She stares blankly through the gin and cigarillos
Within the antique décor
She lives by breathing the briny air
The turquoise and white as her eyes
Her life is slipping by like the quayside ropes
Of the leaving ships
Her grammar of life, now no longer understood
Her anger, raw as the marrow, red as paprika
Glowing life pressured of the lost leaves of her life
The rickety old rocking chair goes on – just.
The world unseen through smoke stained glass
- Jonathan Beale 2016
Jonathan Beale has 450 plus poems published in such journals as: Decanto, Penwood Review, The Screech Owl, Danse Macabre, Danse Macabre du Jour, Poetic Diversity, Voices of Israel in English, Miracle-E-zine, Voices of Hellenism Literary Journal, The Journal, Ink Sweat & Tears, Down in the Dirt, The English Chicago Review, Mad Swirl, Poetry Cornwall, Leaves of Ink, Ariadne’s Thread, Bijou Poetry Review, Calvary Cross, Deadsnakes Review, The Bitchin Kitsch, Poetry by Birkbeck alumnus, The Dawntreader, I am not a Silent Poet, Pyrokinection, Festival of Language, Festivalwriter, ‘Don’t Be Afraid: An Anthology to Seamus Heaney’, Ygdrasil, The Four Seasons Anthology, The Seventh Quarry, Van Gogh’s Ear Anthology, The Curly Mind, The Beatnik Cowboy, Dali’s LoveChild, Storm Cycle Anthology (Best of Hurricane Press 2015) and The Jawline Review.