The empty paper, the pen, and the pain.
I can’t get started, he says,
while priming the pump.
The pieces laid out on the table.
Fresh water or fresh thoughts:
both sometimes require a taking apart,
a putting-back together.
Jari in Unhola M.R.A. – 2017
My friend keeps on stealing my few words
I have created in the foggy nights in Unhola.
There is nothing new or old –
everything has already been said too many times.
My prostate is getting larger faster than my thinking.
I still love my friend, the poet, on the other side of the table,
The stealer of my few words.
The Stealer of Words J.L. – 2017
Have we suffered enough for breakfast?
The world has turned once more.
Bombs have fallen somewhere. I didn’t quite catch where, on the radio.
A new tyrant in office; the people’s saviour.
And yet: the sun rose,
And we are here.
My stomach complains.
There will be tea and toast
And enough suffering, no doubt, for dessert.
Suffering and Breakfast M.R.A. – 2017
There is no measuring tape for one’s suffering before the breakfast
Home-made yoghurt is the most delicious poetry
That has ever touched these rough lips.
Suffering and Breakfast J.L. – 2017