Spotlight Poetry – In the Darkness – A Poem by Goff James

The image depicts a painting titled Dark Grey Life by the artist Shahnaz Sultana. The work is a monochromatic abstract expressionist painting. The artist has used a limited palette of black, grey and white.The image supports the poem  In the Darkness written by the poet Goff James.
© Shahnaz Sultana, Dark Grey Life, 2020

In the Darkness by Goff James

In the darkness
Of life’s bitter days

Never ever let it be forgot
You are special
You are unique
You are loved

Let your heart reach out
And dance
Unfettered as the breeze
Be the sun the moon the stars
Let your light shine forth

Never ever let it fade

In the darkness
Of life’s bitter days

Open wide the gate
Named Love
And let her enter in
Remember always
You are loved
You are unique
You are special
You are you
Let your light shine forth
Never ever let it fade

Poem Attribution – Goff James – In the Darkness

Copyright (c) 2022 Goff James – All Rights Reserved 

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Painting Attribution © Shahnaz Sultana, Dark Grey Life, 2020

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Spotlight Poetry – Alone I Stand and Stare – A poem by Goff James

The image depicts a painting titled Loneliness by the artist Yulia Gabyan. The work is a monochromatic female figurative watercolour portrait painting. The artist has used a minimalist palette of cold and earthy  colours  that infer the emotions involved with being alone and the trauma of loneliness.The image supports the poem Alone I Stand and Stare written by the poet Goff James.
© Yulia Gabyan, Loneliness, 2017

Alone I Stand and Stare by Goff James

Alone
I stand and stare

In ice barbed silence
My face against
A misted pane is set
My aching heart scorched dry
Imprisoned
Within my tortured thoughts and
Tattered dreams
Alone
I stand and stare

Alone
I stand and stare
Through raindrops pearled
I watch
The mourning flowers weep

My unutterable grief they share
Such sorrow felt
Such deep pain borne
Each day unseen unknown

Alone
I stand and stare

Alone
I stand and stare

In this dreaded place
Time uncaring bleeding fades
My loneliness all devouring
O’erwhelms my very being

Anger shaken I scream out loud
Can no one set me free
I turn and face an empty room
Alone
I stand and stare

Poem Attribution – Goff James – Alone I stand Stare

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Painting Attribution © Yulia Gabyan, Loneliness, 2017

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Spotlight Poetry – In Silence Alone I Sit – A poem by Goff James

The image depicts a painting titled White Cliffs by the artist Maurice Sapiro. The work is a realistic painting capturing the beautiful landscape of water and cliffs. This painting is portrayed in beautiful shades of orange, yllowblue, green and earth tones. The image supports the poem In Silence Alone I Sit written by the poet Goff James.
© Maurice Sapiro, White Cliffs, 2018

In Silence Alone I Sit by Goff James

In silence
Alone I sit

Upon the ancient cliffs
Where evening’s
Burning fingers stretch and
Twilight’s mystery lingers long

Entrapped within my
Weaving pained filled thoughts
I see the setting sun
Descend beyond the aching sea

In silence
Alone I sit
Listening to
The lowing melodies of

The waves lap against the shore
Neath the fading light
I hear the restless
Call of ocean roving gulls return

And nectar laden bees dance
O’er the salted purple heather

In silence
Alone I sit

Amid the shadows of my sins
That haunting rise and fall
As the the clifftop chorus
Softly fades and

Drifts upon summer’s fragrant breeze
Beyond the setting sun
Into the sheltered cooling corners
Of the closing of the day

In silence
Alone I sit
Watching the rising moon
Veiled in mellow lustred darkness

Amid the waking silence
That from the boundless ocean soars
Heavenwards
I lift my weary eyes

Offering to the opening night
A simple thankful prayer

Poem Attribution – Goff James – In Silence Alone I Sit

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Painting Attribution © Maurice Sapiro, White Cliffs, 2018

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Spotlight Poetry – Outstretch Your Wings and Fly – A Poem by Goff James

The image depicts a painting titled )n the Wings of Freedom by the artist Vera Komnig. The work is a vibrant abstract minimalist expressionist painting of a bird rising on the wing. The artist has used a palette of cool vibrant colours that infer the movement of a bird in flight.The image supports the poem Outstretch Your Wings And Fly written by the poet Goff James.
© Vera Komnig, On the Wings of Freedom, 2021

Outstretch Your Wings and Fly by Goff James

Pained alone he stands
Upon fate’s
Ancient crumbling cliffs

As night’s aching gloom slowly seeps
Smothering his broken heart
The ocean unforgiving
Calls

Outstretch your wings and fly

 
From the darkened depths
Fermented waves unleash
Their flailing fractured foam
His splintered soul ice numbed
The wild wind’s
Snarling symphony
Howls
Outstretch your wings and fly

 
In the troubled turmoil
A moment’s stillness stirs
Poised unrehearsed he leaps
Into the dark abyss

In the rushing wilderness
As he descends a voice he
Hears
Outstretch your wings and fly

 
Dawn’s healing softness
His broken corpse embraces
And holds him in her arms
Once more he rises kissed by
Morning’s waking light

Love unspoken weeping
Peals
Outstretch your wings and fly

Poem Attribution – Goff James – Outstretch Your Wings And Fly

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Painting Attribution © Vera Komnig, On the Wings of Freedom, 2021

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Spotlight Poetry – The Restless Poet – A Poem by Goff James

The image depicts a painting titled Restless Dreams by the artist Jeannine Chanin Penn. The work is a vibrant abstract painting. The image supports the poem The Restless Poet written by the poet Goff James.
© Jeannine Chanin Penn, Restless Dreams, 2016

The Restless Poet by Goff James

What if yesterday was today’s used
Is today tomorrow’s ken ignored

Picked up paper
Picked up pen
Returned to sleep and
Dreamed again

Waking questioning
What if when tomorrow then survives
Exacerbating bafflement
Picked up paper picked up pen

Dream’s confusions mind’s disguise
Absolute bewilderment

In such frenzied state doubts return
What if now is when and now is then

Then is when and when is now
Picked up paper picked up pen
So confused
Slumber’s fleeting rest returns

What if then and now
And when apart exist
Wearied by attempts to understand and solve
These unruly confusions in dreams persist

Picked up paper picked up pen
Notions’ complex still unresolved.

O how words and phrases fuse
Dancing syllables twist and turn

Rhythm hued stacked embroiled
Picked up paper
Picked up pen
So confused

Then and now and when encore
Turmoil rages
Picked up paper
Picked up pen

Thought’s and words explored
Do such nightmares ever end

Meandering musings and
Sleep-eyed versing full run

Drop the paper
Drop the pen
Such rambling verbiage
Undefeatable

Then and now as well as when’s
Victory well won
Subjugated lost forlorn
The restless poet

Thoughts shorn clean
To night’s fractured sleep succumbs

Poem Attribution – Goff James – The Restless Poet

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Painting Attribution © Jeannine Chanin Penn, Restless Dreams, 2016

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Spotlight Poetry – in the waking light – A Poem by Goff James

The image depicts a painting titled Winter Sunrise by the artist Vladimir Kezerashvili. The work is a minter sunrise landscape painting. The image supports the poem 'in the waking light' written by the poet Goff James.
© Vladimir Kezerashvili, Winter Sunrise, 2011

in the waking light by Goff James

in
the waking light of
january’s ice
bitten dawns

o’er
the hedgerow ancient
hawthorn naked
bone chilled stands
a
single jewelled dewdrop
quivering clings
clasped to

each
decaying haw
faded red
winter’s fruit tree
weeping
songless stands
many-splendoured
sparkling bright

crowned

in sunlight’s stretching
rising golden rays
morn’s
reminder of
summer’s softer warmer
ways

Poem Attribution – Goff James in the waking light

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Painting Attribution © Vladimir Kezerashvili, Winter Sunrise, 2011

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Spotlight Poetry – Moonlight Rhapsody – A poem by Goff James

The image depicts a photograph titled by the photographer Hidenobu Suzuki. The work is a coloured photograph of plum blossom hanging from the trees in an orchard. The image supports the poem Moonlight Rhapsody written by the poet Goff James.
© Hidenobu Suzuki, Plum Trees, (Date Unstated)

Moonlight Rhapsody by Goff James

Neath midnight’s mighty darkened sky
Rising luminous clouds I glance.

O’er nectared hill tops wisp winged fairies fly.
Seduced, imbibed I join their sacred dance.

Neath starlight’s sapphire cosmic vault
Sweet perfumed breeze my being fills.

Such beauteous stillness, mind and eyes exalt.
Eve-tide’s lullaby weary soul distills.

Neath plum trees silvered blossomed boughs
I watch the stars immortal blest.

Snow pearled petals fall. Peaceful rest endows.
Pon earth’s verdant pillow, my head, I rest.

Neath moonbeams failing floodlit rays,
Twixt dawn’s burning breaths, morn conceived.

Bliss filled rivered dreams flow and fade away.
Life’s transient mortality perceived.

Poem Attribution – Goff James – Midnight Rhapsody

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Photo Attribution © Hidenobu Suzuki, Plum Trees, (Date Unstated)

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Spotlight Poetry – Just Another Day – A poem by Goff James

© Rolf Marriott, Skye Raw Storm, 2020

Just Another Day by Goff James

Just another day
Morning’s golden smile

Defaced by darkening clouds
And weather’s wayward ways
The closing sky shadowed dark
As the elements take control

Sunlight shuttered disappears
Replaced by wind and storm
All four seasons distilled into one
Rain hail sleet
and snow
Morning unravelling
Cries out loud it’s

Just another day

Poem Attribution, Goff James, Just Another Day

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Painting Attribution © Rolf Marriott, Skye Raw Storm, 2020

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Spotlight Poetry – The Sleep of Reason – A Poem by Goff James

The Sleep of Reason by Goff James

Hatred’s blighted pois’nous plumes
Hatred’s vile diction

Silence sows
The sleep of reason
Such monsters
Wakes

Hatred’s hand untethered creeps
Hatred’s vile diction
Silence sows

The sleep of reason
Such monsters
Wakes

Hatred’s ugliness dressed golden fair
Hatred’s vile diction
Silence sows

The sleep of reason
Such monsters
Wakes

Hatred’s lies truth’s beauty pale defiles
Hatred’s vile diction
Silence sows

The sleep of reason

Such monsters
Wakes

Hatred’s masquerade grotesque
Hatred’s vile diction
Silence sows

The sleep of reason
Such monsters
Wakes

Hatred’s worst true diversity denies
Hatred’s vile diction
Silence sows

The sleep of reason
Such monsters
Wakes

Hatred’s foulness sweet parity scorns
Hatred’s vile diction
Silence sows
The sleep of reason
Such monsters
Wakes

Hatred’s treacherous dark deceit destroys
Hatred’s vile diction
Silence sows

The sleep of reason
Such monsters
Wakes

Hatred’s cruel game of hide and seek
Hatred’s vile diction
Silence sows

The sleep of reason
Such monsters
Wakes

Hatred’s evil praised truth disgraced
Hatred’s vile diction
Silence sows

The sleep of reason
Such monsters
Wakes

Hatred’s judgement democracy despised
Hatred’s vile diction
Silence sows

The sleep of reason
Such monsters
Wakes

Hatred’s savage sword freedom bleeding slain
Hatred’s vile diction
Silence sows

The sleep of reason
Such monsters
Wakes

Poem Attribution, Goff James

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Etching Attribution © Francisco Goya, The sleep of reason produces monsters,1799 (Etching and aquatint, Los Caprichos)

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Spotlight Poetry – Farewell to my Homeland – A Poem by Goff James

© Naim Gashi, Peizazh 1, 2015

Farewell to my Homeland by Goff James

First published in Vita Brevis, 2018)

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