Three Poems

by Lynn White

The Best Medicine

Humour heals better than hate.
You can confront hate with reason
but humour is best
if unreason prevails,
if more hate is your only return.

You can wind up the anti,
add hate to the hate,
add aggression to aggression,
madness to madness.
But he’ll like humour less.

Anyway it’s more fun.

 

Ripples

Ripples of time
gathering pace.
Working up to the wave
that crashed into me,
propelled me forward
and now sucks me back.
Thirteen decades.
Back.
To a place beyond my imagining,
so tidy now after the crash.
Gentrified now.
Rippling gently.
But before,
in my father’s time.
There was beer mixed mud
and crowding children.
And smells of horses
and metal.
Working.
Fire and metal work.
Children who
would leave behind
the mud,
and country
smells,
for the dust
and smog.
For the city grime.
Streets and factories.
More fire and metal.
Bigger.
Grander.
And what then?
Still poor.
What then?
What secrets lie in those ripples
of time
washing over me
now.

Janis

Every time
we listen,
a little piece
of her heart
cries out.


Lynn White lives in north Wales. Her work is influenced by issues of social justice and events, places and people she has known or imagined. She is especially interested in exploring the boundaries of dream, fantasy and reality. Her poem ‘A Rose For Gaza’ was shortlisted for the Theatre Cloud ‘War Poetry for Today’ competition 2014. This and many other poems, have been widely published, in recent anthologies such as – ‘Alice In Wonderland’ by Silver Birch Press, ‘The Border Crossed Us’ from Vagabond Press and ‘Selfhood’ from Trancendence Zero – and journals such as Apogee, Firewords Quarterly, Guide To Kulchur, Indie Soleil, Midnight Circus and Snapdragon as well as many other online and print publications.
“The Best Medicine” was first published by Harbinger Asylum, Literary Review, Spring, 2015 (print).  “Ripples” was first published in Shades of the Same Skin, April 2016 (print)”Janis” was first published in CTU, Poetic Melodies Anthology, June 2016
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