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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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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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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Spotlight Poetry – In the Shadows of the Moon – A poem by Goff James

© Egon Schiele, The Self Seers (Death and Man), 1911

In the shadows of the moon… – A poem by Goff James

In the shadows of the moon
Beneath the stars

As midnight’s moonbeams silver shards shatter
Into dust and scatter silent o’er winter’s withered land
My ageing brow furrowed deep with grieving pain and
Each deformed limb weighed heavy by life rests still

My rhythmless heart feeble listless
Beats within its skeletal cage
Upon my ancient corpse heaven casts her silent deathly spell
Mantled in night’s dread filled loneliness I lie and wait

Rediscovered thoughts filled with strange long forgotten desires
Ignite and bleed into the shadows of the flooding darkness of my soul
Vague memories recalled of flesh’s first flickering flames rise
Once more to dance burning for one last fleeting moment

Inundating my narrowing bloodless veins with forgotten desire
Fanned by the chill of my lingering decomposing frame
Death’s wafting breeze soothing unanchored breathes
In the trembling haze of darkness youth’s idle dreams unfurl

Their final soured long lament of discomforting joy writ within my heart
In the steeled silence I see your face masked in ghostly mist
I lift my feeble fingers in hope to touch your outstretched hand
Whispered in shivered soundless tones I call your near forgotten name

Recalling in my final moments that which once might have been
Now too late alas to be reborn as each last moment ebbs and flows
Upon the walls of my imprisoned corpse passion for a feckless moment
Unchained wakes in burning flames and dances wild amid
The dying embers of life’s last lingering heat

An unforgiving half remembered dream
Seeps into the caverns of my madness
I lay my wearied head upon the pillow of my final foolish thoughts
Embraced in shrouded stillness

Towards death’s distant calling curtained vale I drift
Unaccompanied into oblivion’s iced embrace

Poem Attribution, Goff James, In the Shadows of the Moon

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Painting Attribution © Egon Schiele, The Self Seers (Death and Man), 1911

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Spotlight Poetry – Sakura – A poem by Goff James

© Mark Frost, Dream Of Washington Dc, (Date Unstated)

Sakura by Goff James

From the Lincoln Memorial
To the Capitol on the Hill

The avenue lined
In springtime
With sakura
Weighed by
Blossom on the bough

Their blushing forms
Light as feathers fall
An avalanche of
Petalled butterflies

Floating on the breeze
Dancing
Twirling
Rising
Falling
Dusting
All the sidewalks

In hues of
Fading pink

Poem Attribution, Goff James, Sakura

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Spotlight Poetry – Morning Summerless Stirs – A poem by Goff James

Morning Summerless by Goff James

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Spotlight Poetry – Did You Hear the Stars Last Night – A poem by Goff James

© Luca Zotti, Starry Sky

Did You Hear the Stars Last Night by Goff James

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Spotlight Poetry – Waking – A poem by Goff James

© Alison Bradley, Autumn Mist, Tryfan

Waking – A poem by Goff James

Poem Attribution © Goff James, Waking, Art Photography Poetry

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Spotlight Poetry – Shed No Tears for Me – A poem by Goff James

© John Bainbridge, Winter Moor

Shed No Tears for Me – A poem by Goff James

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