Thursday, 21 February 2013

Fair Maid of Perth

Fair city of Perth shines brightly
Summer light sparkles on the Tay
Streets throng with foreign blood
The city wakes to another day
And I see her as she rises

Bold ducks and graceful swans
Bob in time for scraps and crumbs
On the bubbling ebb and flow
Of the rivers twists and turns
And I see her as she waits

Bridges on the north and south
Bring needed trade on foot and wheel
Lifeblood renewed in the city fair
Perth rises with freshened zeal
And I see her as she breathes

Searching freedom in the purist air
I watch as the new dawn breaks
Sat on my bench by the river
Staring hard as the world awakes
I see her as she starts her day

Sitting here watching the world
I see her
All the times I've sat on this bench
I realise
She’s always been there
In the corner of my eye
Each and every day
Ever present
Hair tumbling like the river
Across her shoulders
And down her back
Eyes tired and forlorn
Reflecting her life story
Seeing but forever unseen
And I realise
She’s always been there
Ignored, unloved

© Fergus Martin

Friday, 15 February 2013

Storm of Sorrows

 (i) - The Storm Breaks

Gathering storms crack briefly on the darkened horizon and I pause, gazing at the light as it flashes across the sky, and in a moment of clarity, I saw you, surrounded by the denizens of nightmares, sitting proudly in the self-obsessed delusion that is your throne of twisted thoughts.

Your acid tongue and razor eyes cut me with a glance and in that brief, dying second, I see you as you are, see through the haze of your deception, the clouds of misdirection you hide within, fall swiftly on the truth of the spinning world of lies you have created.

Whilst your world spun, bloated corpses floated on the canal of fetid waste that you feasted upon. Unsuspecting victims falling foul of your creation and devoured, trapped lovingly in the web of your deceit and stabbed in the heart with poisoned blades, sharpened by a lifetime of use, honed to the bitter point of finality.

As the storm breaks, truth dawns.

(ii) - Veiled Shadows

Dancing in the veiled shadows of old clich├ęs
Grasping at the bleeding veins of tortured hearts
Sucking on the sockets of shallow vacant eyes
Feasting on the bloated corpse of another’s dreams
A world created in a crimson tide of betrayal
And in that last flash of recognition, I see you

A clouded vision of freedom spirals in the dark
And truth stabs like blades scything through life
Forged in furnaces fuelled by endless devotion
Righteousness tainted by misguided direction
A twilight existence nurtured in the depths of depravity
And in that final moment of truth, I know you

In the silence of your mind dark voices scream
Impassioned pleas for reason go unheard
Heralding in the dawn of demonistic subjugation
Bellowing incantations to a fractured acolyte
Commanding true obedience to the litany of death
And in the end, I understood

I understood how I fell for you
Understood my dedication to you
Understood the changes you made in me
Understood what it meant, to be
Understood that look in your eye
Understood every sweet, innocent lie

(iii) - Beguiling Seductress

I fell hopelessly for the lies you fed, regaled in your beauty and promise of deliverance from this turgid existence. You swallowed me whole with the hope that you promised, hope far and above the mundane trivia of a life surfing on the rising tide of humanities’ decline. Clutching at the precious threads of a dissolving world, you snared me, my own personal seductress.

The picture you created spoke to me of freedom, a release from the tortures of my mind. Wrestling in the arms of discontent, I found enlightenment in you, the clarity of thought that would embrace a path, clear and with purpose; a tantalising glimpse into the serendipity of enlightenment.  And as I tasted the sweet splendour of your ruby lips, I succumb to your charms, trapped by the immaturity of a mind infatuated, and in that moment I was yours, trapped, ensnared, chosen.

(iv) - Bewitched

Your platitudes enthralled me
Your pleasantries regaled me
Your every movement caught my eye
Your every word brought a sigh

With every beat of your chest
My heart came to rest
With your head on my shoulder
The enticement becomes bolder

As you lay your hand in mine
Our emotions intertwine
Soft velvet touch enriches me
Knowing then I shall never be free

With every sweet song that you sing
One more bell begins to ring
Every smile that crossed your face
Another piece fell into place

As our hearts become complete
Pounding out a single beat
Worlds unite with such precision
Leaving only one decision

Your rhapsodies ensnared me
Your smiling eyes delighted me
Your every thought changed my view
Your every touch made me true

Your incantations of enchantment, but a shadow of the truth
As you devour the lives of innocents, what remains behind is proof
Of the vengeful bleeding hunger, that beats within your chest
And I embrace your burning passion with thoughts carefully caressed

(v) - The Sweet Taste Of Ruby Lips

Alone in the candle-lit haze of aromatic perfumes, plotting your next move, the next step on the stairwell of vengeance, you smile. Feeding on the embryonic tears of bitterness, climbing on the broken backs of forgotten memories, you rise adorned in the regal robes of the queen of sacrificial slaughter.

Riding out on your fiery chariot of disdain until at last you come upon the chosen one, the unsuspecting victim of your blood filled quest. And in the sweetness of your smile, another heart breaks. And another dies in the arms of the sugar coated ruby lips of poison, another soul sacrificed upon the altar of your creation.

And you feast upon the carnage of the world you have created, drinking down the unholy blood of sacrifice, and swimming in the ever moving pit of primordial waste that is your reality.

Your world.
Your existence.
Your reason for being.
Your trinity of devotion.

Whilst the innocents live on, in the nightmare of a permanent hell, never knowing whether they will be the next meal, the next corpse floating in the river of realities decay, the next chapter in your incantations of devotion, the next forgotten passenger on the caravan of death:

The Chosen.

(vi) - Lament For the Chosen

Seeking out the haunts of the innocents you search the one
The unsuspecting victim that falls for your silver tongue
All you require, as you hunt in the night
Is an endless desire to feed an undying thirst
Eyes full of fire, your pursuit is relentless
As the funeral pyre awaits for the chosen

Prowling through the streets of dreams you find your prey
Lurking in the darkened shadows you have your say
Chosen one lured with the kiss of an angel
Baited, secured, wrapped in the arms of a devil
Intentions obscured from the first word you whispered
Blood lust ensured for another passing dawn

In the silence of the perfumed room you gather your storm
Words clouding understanding of the demon you become
The touch of your lips caress a misguided mind
Smooth fingertips stroke an ego that’s lost
Releasing your grip on the storm made of sorrows
Unwritten script played out in dark splendour

Screaming out a curdled warning at realities confusion
Silver blade of truth now cuts through his dreams illusion
In the silence he cries
His only surprise
In the moment he dies
Is the truth in your lies

And in his dying glory, I realise my fate
Glancing in the mirror, I glimpse the grin upon your face
In your hour of triumph, I realise my doom
Another rotting corpse masked in sweet perfume

Turning my back on you, I walk away
Running from your demons to live another day
Screaming in the hallway, releasing what I knew
A loving act of solace, joyfully betraying you

(vii) - Truth Dawns

Sweet perfumes mask the bitter taste of rotting corpses. Craven images adorn the oak lined walls of the candle lit room. Sacrificial blades of passion sit sheathed, leather-bound in magnificence, swinging playfully in their resting places. Dark manifestations of your cursed obsession lie scattered on the floor, blood pools in the hollows of surfaces worn over time, and your undying devotion to an unquenched thirst for blood is laid bare for all to see.

Incomprehensible mutterings scratched out in blood splattered volumes adorn dust covered shelves, the internal wanderings of a mind warped in the bitterness of solitude, loneliness and rejection. Hand carved offerings of worship sit atop the roughly worked altar of deliverance, the resting place of many a misguided fool caught in the web spun by the ruby red lips of poison.

As the world spins to your hour of reckoning, your chapter’s end, I watch as my bitter betrayal takes its course. The hands that took mine now bound securely, the lips that caressed me gagged, the body I worshipped held fast in an altar of wood. I feel your pain as the tears fall across the soft gentle skin on your cheeks.

As the storm breaks, truth dawns.
As the lightning fills the room, I understand.
Our minds fuse as one and all becomes clear.
In that brief dying second, I see you and I know.
As the current pulses, I see me.
And as the lights dim for the last time
I realise why I sit alone in this altar of wood.

© Fergus Martin

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

One Moment In Time

I remember it so clearly,
the joy and elation,
the sense of achievement,
A moment that has never been,
and can never be,
That one brief moment was,
and will remain,
my finest hour

© Fergus Martin

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Morning Welcome

When at first I saw her
She never noticed me
So wonderful, so beautiful
So elegant and free
As I gazed upon her
She barely moved a muscle
And as the winds arose
The leaves began to rustle
As she looked around her
She prodded down her coat
A graceful preen of beauty
Not seeing as I wrote
And when she moved position
So delicate and pure
Her eyes they glanced around
A movement glimpsed for sure
Just once our glances met
Over coffee this cold morn
And with a final flourish
Like the wind, was gone

© Fergus Martin

Monday, 4 February 2013

Every Single Day

Every day I see them
Walking down the street
Waiting on buses
Standing at shop windows
On the bus
In the shops
Barely noticing the world around them
Barely acknowledging the presence of others
Barely hearing conversations
Heads bowed in reverence to their god

Every day I see them
Blissfully unaware
Devoid of all perception
Blind to the situation they stand in
In the house
In the garden
Deaf to the world as it turns
Happily ensconced in their virtual reality
Locked in their private haven
Away from human contact

Every single day I see it
The next evolution of man
Heads bowed in reverence
Spine misshapen through time
In my life
In your life
Extended digits through constant prayer
Scratching at the false surface of reality
Devout in the study of the deity
That sits snugly in the palm of their hand

© Fergus Martin

Going North

The end of the journey
So far from the beginning
Black glistens white
As stars dissolve before our eyes
Blankets on the surface
Smother black within their folds
Ahead the journey stretches
As stardust fills the skies

Great iron beasts of labour
Plough a furrowed path
In singular dimensions
On pristine fields of white
Gently clutching at the tail
Resolutely moving forward
Each waypoint on the journey
Worthy of the fight

Slowly climbing
Over glistening mountains of ice
Summits frozen in the wilderness
Standing proud still
Plunging through valleys
Laced in the pristine frost of winter
As moonbeams dazzle in the night
Frozen in the bitter chill

Winds cry and howl
Warnings flash and flicker
The way ahead becomes clear
As lights flare and dim
Slowly drifting onward
Gears shift to no avail
Till finally the spark is gone
Long wait ahead looks grim

Howls and yelps abound
Canine companions disquiet
Cramped cage surrounds them
Till eventually released
Sweet calm restored we wait
Sub-zero in the wild
As stars brighten up the sky
Winter night unsheathed

Great iron beast of rescue
White knight rides on high
Cold winters night forgotten
As the journey onward flows
Warming now with sparking coals
A family united
Journeys end now welcomed
Through ice and wind and snow

© Fergus Martin