Invitation To Move On …

Really pleased to see Invitation To Move On appearing at Burning House Press today. Why not have a look and take in all the excellent company it’s keeping over there? Some wonderful poets on a lovely site.

Invitation To Move On

I am small in the sea, pushed around
by waves that care not for any grain of sand
or stuff that floats in old men’s heads.

Arms held wide and high, that reach and cling
like a child to a parent when things get rough,
when routines fail and muscles waste.

I hesitate, recoil, cower; skin so thin
these cold water blades could spill these guts
for waiting gulls and wash away this name.

I am caught like the sun, falling
and hoping to rise again, the horizon watched
from a base of arched feet, soft soles and toes

exposed to the hidden sharpness of shadows.
And though these whispered sea breezes,
with caresses would show the way,

for that bastard time waits not for me,
until I learn to surrender, immerse this body,
allow these legs to float and lay back this head,

could I ever take in the whole of the sky?

Published in Burning House Press (March 2018)

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Picture Credit: Amee Nassrene Broumand (on Burning House Press)



Author: Jonathan Humble

Jonathan Humble is a deputy head teacher at a school in Cumbria. A collection of his light poetry (My Camel's Name Is Brian) has been published by TMB Books. His poetry has appeared in The Big Issue In The North, Poems For Freedom, The Dragon Poet Quarterly, Lighten Up Online, Paragram, The Teacher, Spilling Cocoa Over Martin Amis, The Tripe Marketing Board’s Diary, Ink Sweat & Tears, Obsessed With Pipework, Clear Poetry, Curlew Calling Anthology, Atrium, Three Drops Press, Riggwelter Press, Zoomorphic, Fairacre Press, Amaryllis, EyeFlash Poetry, Burning House Press, Picaroon Poetry and on BBC Radio. His short stories and poems for children have been published in The Caterpillar, The Looking Glass Magazine, Amazing Magazine and Stew Magazine. He is the Poet Laureate for the Tripe Marketing Board and Rossendale’s Sunday Clog Market. Other than writing poetry and short stories, his hobbies include beard growing, pointing at poppies and keeping the international coffee industry afloat with his patronage.

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