The Pen On The Table [poem]

Blog Number 40 - Writing

The room is monochrome, classic.

A spotlight cuts silver into black.

In the conical light there is a table.

And on the table, a pen,

A gravity.

Outside, trapped in the ripples, I circle,

A predator, a vulture,

A moth dancing towards the light,

I pace,

I panic,

I prowl.

My arrow-hand stabs into the laser,

Impatient, clumsy.

And retreats again, ashamed, afraid,

I anticipate a burning pain, but it doesn’t transpire.

In the dark, my grey hand shows no blistered skin.

Instead, it itches.

My eyes look up, back at the table,

And on that table, the pen.

A pen with my name waiting in the ink.

My feet push awkwardly beneath quaking legs towards the light,

My toes teasing into the circle,

Like they’re peeling over the edge of a diving board,

They dip into the pool.

It’s warm.

A step. A jump. A dive.

Into the halo until my whole body is coated in white flames.

I’m a burning ghost.

Charging forward,

My phantom-hand extends, hovers and snatches.

The spear is swallowed in the black wave of a shadow-glove,

A lizard-tongue lift with hungry thieves-fingers,

That tighten around the neck.

A child’s greedy fist.

I have the foil.

And I run.

An Osaka day, told through the medium of, Japanese haiku

Odes to Osaka

Travelling Japan,

No time for any blogging,

Keep it short and sweet.

Tenno-ji Temple

Tenno-ji Temple

Tenno-ji temple,

Oldest temple in Japan,

Inside scaffolding.

Wandering the streets

Drain cover

A city where even,

The drain covers are pretty,

And sweetly painted.

Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle,

Rebuilt 1931,

Ancient history?

Castle cosplay

Castle cosplay

Inside the castle,

Two kids are playing dress-up,

So? It’s cultural!

Umeda Sky Building – Floating Gardens

Umeda Sky Building

The sun dips down low,

Endless orange horizon,

Ignites the city.



Neon noise, strange smells,

Vending machine pork ramen,

And floating fugu.

Japan’s Kitchen


Oh, tako-yaki,

Octo-pancakey promise,

Yet, tako-yucky.



Canals and cyclists,

What are you Osaka-shi?

Asia’s Amsterdam?

And now…

Tenno-ji temple, Osaka

Farewell, Osaka,

Hello Kobe, Nara,

Kyoto, Tokyo…

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