Balloons of emotion rise like swelling tides pushing to spill as unravelling surf, lacking sense of reason upon sandy shores… until… Pop. They burst, shadowing to mere rubbery ribbons, growing tidal marks as marine tattoos. Sometimes they waver on incompletion’s palm as No Man’s Land where lines are lost, rubbed out by conflict: soldiers forgetting what side they stumbled from, lost in limbo (within mud-caked worlds) that blur at conscious edges. Emotions can morph or change patterns like mosaic tiles that move, yet the aim is to solve puzzles on Roman villa floors; tiles rotate, square to square, searching for straighter lines, a safer symmetry. Until click: a finished portrait with raised paintbrush or luscious landscape which rests, drying upon an easel, having found easier breath. It can be found, slotting into place as a two penny piece at the seaside arcades, in the hands of an expectant child, eyeing the wares as pendants from God, so bright is fool’s gold, flashing his cloak like a superhero readying to save damsels from high-rise hell. Sometimes: in fact today, It is nameless: an anonymous poet hiding in bracken, peering over bramble trying to catch syntax, siphoning adjectives via a net-wired brain where morsels lay, after washing: cleansed, naked, highlighted with neon strokes of my pen. As crossed Ts and each dotted I, they stand out - marking their place, glinting in the sun as crowned kings and queens, lifted high, buoying on tides, amidst emotion-thick, regal climes. They spoon sensibility into privileged mouths upon sugared teaspoons; sensibility drips… …like maple-syrup clouds on austere autumnal days.
by Emma Wells
Emma is a mother and English teacher. She has poetry published with and by: The World’s Greatest Anthology, The League of Poets, The Lake, The Beckindale Poetry Journal, Dreich Magazine, Drunken Pen Writing, Porridge Magazine, Visual Verse, Littoral Magazine, The Pangolin Review, Derailleur Press, Giving Room Magazine, Chronogram and for the Ledbury Poetry Festival. She also has published a number of short stories and her first novel, Shelley’s Sisterhood, is due to be published shortly.