• Jem Page commented on the post, transform 4 years, 7 months ago

    can we say ‘x will happen tomorrow’
    and be right or wrong — mean anything?
    that which will happen will happen;
    a thousand possibilities curled in a chrysalis
    beating like a clock

  • Jem Page commented on the post, earrings 4 years, 11 months ago

    Standing at the sink, it’s hard
    to listen to you sometimes,

    gritting my teeth, talking,
    the only thing sinking in

    your cheap, gold earrings.

  • Jem Page commented on the post, collapse 5 years, 2 months ago

    stacked precariously,
    these days begin to tower
    waver
    in the wind
    we don’t choice when we
    throw in the towel
    fold,
    collapse inward
    like a dying flower

  • Jem Page commented on the post, prayer 5 years, 2 months ago

    clench hands
    together, lowering
    fingers link.

    close your eyes,
    pray
    to meaning.

  • Jem Page commented on the post, gold 5 years, 3 months ago

    all treasure,
    if left long enough.
    becomes trash,
    old.

    all trash,
    if melted long enough
    becomes treasure,
    gold.

  • Jem Page commented on the post, repressed 5 years, 3 months ago

    suppressed,
    repressed, next
    depressed.

    depths,
    pressures,
    being pressed

    tests?

  • Jem Page commented on the post, active 5 years, 3 months ago

    use yourself your mind your body your soul

    apathy entropy disuse decay

    is sin

    use me if you must

  • Jem Page commented on the post, forefront 5 years, 3 months ago

    all the referents, meanings
    we don’t know where to find them
    since we flipped the words, one by one
    and found nothing behind them.

  • Jem Page commented on the post, swimmer 5 years, 3 months ago

    “you’re a snowflake”
    so unique
    similar, yes but — special

    not exactly.
    more like water or,
    better still,
    one of many swimmers

    all pulled by the same current
    all heading downstream.

  • Jem Page commented on the post, terrain 5 years, 3 months ago

    one
    burnt and cracked
    foot in front of the other
    we walk
    heavily,
    hand in hand
    to a place where
    there is no rain

  • Jem Page commented on the post, grandfather 5 years, 3 months ago

    I suppose it’s natural, to somewhat regret
    never meeting you:
    you, with your wise eyes. White hair, black vest.
    Though from what I’ve heard, it may be for the best:
    A tyrant at worst; nice at best.

  • Jem Page commented on the post, witnessed 5 years, 3 months ago

    Some time after I first saw you
    and after seeing each other
    for some time
    I saw you
    for the first time
    and didn’t like what I saw.

  • Jem Page commented on the post, hapless 5 years, 3 months ago

    Shame. I’ve never known how
    or when to speak.

    Staring at the floor, hatless.

    Tactless. If I didn’t like you this
    would have been much easier.

  • Jem Page commented on the post, juvenile 5 years, 3 months ago

    forecast
    moving forward
    when talking to a client
    always be forward
    forward-thinking

    using pictures, coloured bars
    drop shadows
    in meetings

    grown men in suits
    in need of a nap.

  • Jem Page commented on the post, nonsense 5 years, 3 months ago

    Nothing spoken
    Constant nonsense
    None, nothing
    White noise, crackling

    Speak to me in a language
    That I don’t just hear
    But want to hear.

  • Jem Page commented on the post, bowtie 5 years, 3 months ago

    I’m staring at my shoes
    she’s staring at my eyes
    ‘I don’t want to lose you’
    ties my chest in little bows.

  • Jem Page commented on the post, occupancy 5 years, 3 months ago

    clear, glinting droplets drip
    slide, drool down the glass
    as the stare out windows —
    stare out there — staring at
    the world out there. squeaky
    doors peel open they
    pack themselves in like steers,
    steers staring while I steer.

  • Jem Page commented on the post, seated 5 years, 3 months ago

    Mr Oneword, quite unlucky
    a teacher all along.
    “Take your seats please”,
    turned around — seats and students gone.

  • Jem Page commented on the post, emperor 5 years, 4 months ago

    you there, out on the ocean’s end
    — the frozen white and blue
    I’d happily live so cold, dear friend
    — to be as free as you

  • Jem Page commented on the post, compensate 5 years, 4 months ago

    Cold on diving in,
    pleasant to feel it getting warmer. Still,
    swimming against the current is harder
    than getting out of the water.

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