when sheep become goldfish (14/Sept/18)

autumn is spilling in, from over the hills and far away to closer and closer each day with limitless bounds grazing the mountains and scavenging summer and gorging on what it leaves behind, all of its flaws and all of its haws, the grating of grates being cleaned and readied, the splitting of logs chopped in the spring to season through summer to feed sacrificial to autumns remorseless embrace… “it’s coming, it’s coming!”, the upland sheep bellow, “have you regrown your fleece?”, as they check each other out to ensure they are ready prepared for what they are built for but still, even a sheep needs wraps itself tight, after all, you’ll not find them huddled in front of a hearth anytime soon… I know what you’re thinking, yet another weather-worn wringing of words about weather, “the weather, the weather, anyone would be forgiven to think you’re obsessed!”, which in all fairness I probably am but you see we are none of us to a man or a woman immune to its vagaries conjured from seemingly nought… some get annoyed, in fact most people do, projecting intent upon it’s every move, they’ll shout and they’ll swear at it, sometimes they’ll smile at it though that is as rare as a unicorn… they’re bothered by how it never stands still, like it has ants in its pants or its feet are on fire, like my patio felt during the heatwave… ah, the heatwave, the heatwave, remember that?… when was that now? so long ago or that’s how it feels as though it was only a dream but it happened, it happened and even then there were those most put-out by its relentless abuse in outstaying its welcome, refusing to rain, and turning a sea of pointlessly-manicured lawns to a marbling of browns to which they equally pointlessly water with sprinklers and hoses ignoring that most of it quietly vanished I evaporation but giving the grass false-hope turning green for a day and then dying a death, as they say… but that was then and this is now and all is maybe forgiven, or possibly not, or at least totally forgotten by those with the memory and attention-span of a goldfish… … … so how did we make it to this, from sheep to goldfish, have to be careful upon what you wish…… autumn is coming, as if you didn’t know, filling the blanks that summer’s left vacant, at least here it is anyway and here is the only here I can be as if I was there I’d be there……… … …

© 2018 robert greig

out of ink (8/Sept/18)

days drone on, groan and grind, ground with the coffee that punctures the hours sieved away, the same old views, the same old news, same old thoughts objecting to new ones that crowd and clamour for dominance for a place in the canon, the life of a history drizzled away… here comes the rain, here comes the sun, here comes the summer dressing for autumn, here comes the fall falling from grace and leaf-lorn trees but never enough to break the back of the light become dark until here comes the fade of winter’s relief always too soon it seems, always too long and always too brief watching snow become ice become whiter than white becoming blue as the sea becomes grey, grey as the mist becomes fog becomes haar become disaffection, detachment, refraction, over-reaction, rhymes come and go until here comes the spring sloughing the winter as best as it can as it may despite the ruins that’s strewn with a hint of decay and once again the lengthening days drone on, groaning and grinding, ground with the coffee that punctures the hours sieved away, the same old views, the same old news, same old thoughts while I’m finding my pen reluctantly run out of ink……

© 2018 robert greig

last night I saw (7/Sept/18)

I’m someone who likes a bit of order in their chaos, sadly these days I have is chaos… last night I saw Mars again, exactly where it was the night before and the night before that appearing decidedly reddish which is all good and well considering it’s regarded as ‘the red planet’… at least that’s all as it should be… every day I imagine the pain of others, in extremis, surely that can’t be good………

© 2018 robert greig