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Poetry Reading

                                    This gift of words -

                                    words to say with, words

                                    to play with, words to repay

                                    the grateful debt of education,

                                    inspiration and attention with - is a gift

                                    demands to be declared as neutral ground, 

                                    free and open space, virgin territory

                                    upon which all sides can venture,

                                    trespass, even build together.


                                    So here I stand casting my spells,

                                    steep incantations laden with possible magic.

                                    I pace the dock to-and-fro, casting loaded lines

                                    of fresh-cut bait, all trimmed with the here-

                                    and-there allure of rhyme, rhythm,

                                    repetition too, those oldest cunning ways

                                    to lure a listener beyond his element

                                    into breathing a new air, free and fluid

                                    as the frantic fling of life itself.



                                                                        J. Barrie Shepherd 2018

                                                                       From: "If You Don't Have Twenty Minutes Don't Stop!"


                                                                       Used by permission of the author




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