Gillian Thurlby

Gillian Thurlby Poems

1. London July 7,2005 (Villanelle) 8/13/2005
2. 'Everyone Sang' 8/14/2005
3. Fear 8/14/2005
4. A Marriage (1) 8/18/2005
5. Completion 8/19/2005
6. Mother Dying 8/23/2005
7. Doubt 9/4/2005
8. Help 9/10/2005
9. Koan 9/18/2005
10. A Marriage (2) 9/23/2005
11. Journey Without A Map 12/16/2005
12. Meditation 1/28/2008
13. Maharishi 2/20/2008
14. Birth Of A Poem 8/15/2007
15. Avr 8/16/2005
16. Ode To Summer 9/7/2005

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Ode To Summer

Season of barbeques and ripening fruit
Discomfort under too mature a sun
Of burgers poorly cooked and sausages
Crammed in a grubby, stale and tasteless bun

The wasps are nesting underneath the eaves
The ants march up and down a length of hose
Cat stretches out in any patch of shade
Disdainfully watching all from down his nose

Is it the thunder or a rumbling gut
That causes us a feeling of unease
As we unstick our bodies from a chair
To weed the soft fruit cage on creaking knees

We greeted long hot days with avarice
Now it’s the supermarket ...

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An empty shell
Wearing an expression that I recognise
Fingers holding yellow freesias
Curtains unhooked
Bookcases bare
Spaces once filled with love
And pain
Still familiar
But different

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