Eight roundels

(roundel: variation of the rondeau
Consisting of three stanzas of three
Lines each, linked together with but
Two rhymes and a refrain at the end
Of the first and third group)

The blind rose

Today’s fullness is tomorrow’s gone
(the next day after no one knows)
Last year’s dream now feeds upon
what blindly grows

Imagine if you like a rose
On which no likely sun has shone
A darkness chokes it (just suppose)

The die though’s cast – a marathon
Of hopes endeavours then bestows
Dawn’s right to spill its colours on
what blindly grows


There are so few words left now to grow
Green on – my vocabulary’s stumped
For a hard-edged phrase to let you know
my truth’s not been gazumped

Love itself of course is blandly thumped
Each time it suits you to imagine no
Fruits are

guilty for their being scrumped

If you can’t be honest with me – better go
If dumped is what you wish then i’ll be dumped
Excuse me if i go on squeaking though
my truth’s not been gazumped

Ease of mind

The world spins – today i have migraine
The peace i seek is never less than ill
Striving’s no answer to the bumptious pain
that is love’s overspill

Wanting warmth encourages the chill
Relaxation breeds its bitter strain
The worst of all crimes is – i love you still

Hope itself by nature is inane
I squat in a box dismembered from such will
To let me find the ease of mind again
that is love’s overspill

A roundel for ptolemy

The earth is not the system’s centre – so ok
Heliocentric – well our sun’s a midget
Spawning galaxies blow our minds away
space then equal to a digit

The mightiest telescope’s a widget
Science at best hard guessing gone astray
No genius stretch beyond a second’s fidget

Ptolemy discarded yet may have his say
Infinity takes a hologram to bridge it
Each shard of us contains the cosmos –
space then equal to a digit


Everything you do is my reflection
The hurts you cause

are my pain inside out
Blame’s no matter for a close inspection
your guilt turns mine about

Love itself is many hands of doubt
It cannot be without it breeds rejection
Its silences result in one big shout

I am left with nothing but dejection
What’s gold in me has nowhere to get out
Love’s pride is fatal to correction
my guilt turns yours about

The round

The round understands the fluidity of order
How the thing lit up and the shadow can’t compete
How the centre is that version of the border
the moment makes complete

Notice each face around a space at times replete
With insights given to no one else as warder
But not condemned when those insights retreat

Impermanence is eternity’s recorder –
With an intricate sense of pattern power can’t delete
The round honours those cracks in the divine disorder
the moment makes complete

The actor

Acting is not the true self’s dissipation
But not its preening either – outside the role
It honours it best fights shy of reputation –
being what prometheus stole
It is a distant spark of that first live coal
A conscious glimpse of human desperation
Rekindled as a longing to console

The waning spirit or the shattered dedication
Actors are allies of the delphic hole
For good or ill they echo human expectation
being what prometheus stole

Roundels in honour of the round

When energy was born it asked this question
Which way dear parents do i go from here
Mum fluttered indifferently (i blame exhaustion)
dad pointed with his sexual gear

So energy thrust straight ahead and fostered fear
At once its dreaded source became a bastion
Too holy to be doubted – mum flipped a gear

She sought revenge on dad for his lewd suggestion
Taking too long of course – things went nuclear
The scale of the damage was too much to ingest when
dad pointed with his sexual gear

She sat with her flowing skirt spread out on the earth
And tore the garment into strips from toe to waist
Laying them to point around the wide world’s girth
my way the truth flows best

Dad laughed his head off at the pointless waste
And energy itself was seized by powerful mirth
Perhaps mum’s petalled skirt was not well placed

In time mishandled plenty breeds its dearth
Dad’s roisterous one-way-ism was disgraced
Energy began to sense what mum was worth
Her way the truth flows best

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Eight roundels