Many moons – John McAteer

at a table strewn with necessities
whiskey paper ashtray
an old man
with battles lost and won
with eyes that hold brutalities
of prison and of priests 
trying to write a love poem
to convince himself
and everyone
that many moons and years ago
things were soft
philosophy and friendship

people suffer easily
the whiskey mused
while painting love as savage
and so the poem remains
in imagination beautiful
in reality unwritten

Published by geoffreyericsmith

Director of, BEST, Befriending and Support Team for Foreign Nationals in HMP Wandsworth

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