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Three Poems by Christian Ward

2009 May 22
by Christian Ward

dsc_0126The Jumper, Kingston Bridge

The flowers left by the spot
where he jumped have dried,
his memory unable to keep them
alive. The cards are dog-eared,
ribbons have begun to untie
themselves. I do not know him,
why he chose to jump. All I see
whenever I look down are swans
curling their wings as if carrying
something precious. And the river,
folding itself in the shape of a mouth;
waiting for answers to be given.

 

Fair Weather

From the kitchen I watch
the view turning into a scene
from a Wordsworth poem:
Serene sky, pearly clouds.
The chestnut tree outside
my block rocking in the breeze.
I prepare a bottle for my baby
son and carry on watching the scene.
A group of girls wait
at the bus stop across the road.
They cannot see me watching,
noticing the slow swell in their
bellies. Soon the vapour
will thicken, start to kick.
Their mouths will dribble rain
in their sleep one night
and the sound of erupting thunder
will echo across neighbourhoods.

 

Downpour

Clouds open
like music boxes
at night, filling
streets with the sound
of nostalgia.

Stray cats dash
under the protection
of parked cars; commuters
watch their newspaper
umbrellas collapse.

People watch
the downpour and think
of their childhood – times
when they stood outside
and tasted each drop

on their tongue, rolled
around in the newly formed
rivulets. Their adult
skin remembers those times,
weeps with the thought of loss.

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