by Paul Raworth Bennett(painting: "Let the Great World Spin" by Deborah DeJong) life is just so unpredictable!here’s what always seems to happeni plan my life, work hard, get my act in gearthings seem like they’re coming together nicelyand i feel pretty good!like life is just one big partyand i’m dancing all night long and then … Continue reading Let the Great World Spin
🙂 To hear this story, use the player below. 🙂 by Paul Raworth Bennett ~ for Barb Poole ~ A '59 Cadillac named Zoom She's a sexy, magnificent eagle Her elegant scarlet fins Yearn for the sky Her enticing gullwing doors Herald lofty adventures With joy and excitement I embrace Her muscular, feathered neck My … Continue reading Eagillac
and then, atop a mess of soaked Egyptian cotton while water trickled from an overturned bedside vase as if savoring a cool spring after a week lost in the Sahara Remy and Anäis devoured each other playing each other's bodies like musical instruments - he was the sax, she the violin - until their harmonics … Continue reading Reunited
~ for M.B. ~ Run to me, oh spotted fawn His raging alcoholic inferno Destroying your soul for ages Is behind you now Sparks still chase Popping and hissing after you You've been running, exhausted Trapped, frightened, confused Escaping your living nightmare But fear not, don't look back Now you are free! Come drink of … Continue reading Swim For Your Life in Me
as I listened to her slender fingersmaking exquisite loveto the ivoriesto the melodyto Rachmaninoffto the audienceto the Universeto the thousand miles between usto my heartand to every atom in my BeingI realized that we mustnever actually meet, for I'dgive myself instantly to hermelt into her minddisappear within her souldazzled by her brillianceincinerated by her beautyand … Continue reading The Terrifying Seduction
~ for S.L. ~ The other day, in the wee hours While I couldn't sleep A pencil sketch - long and tenderly held, within my heart - Fading, yet never doomed to oblivion Emerged from my nimble fingertips It was of her and me, aged five and seven Carefree and innocent Walking together along the … Continue reading Happy for Her
Several times during the party I'd look across at you Feel your laughter, and admire The way you sat - crossed legs, slender ankles The way you moved your fine-boned, tender hands The smile in your eyes - sparkling, loving The way you touched your hair - exquisite! And then everyone else in the room … Continue reading At the Party
(for Woman Unknown) your steadfast heart is a sturdy easel supporting my spirit as I unleash myself upon life's canvas slather the colours, spill the paint mix ugly tones with vibrant hues, and then throw up my hands, hurl the canvas and start once again your nimble mind is a brilliant candle lighting my brief passage through life with … Continue reading Why I Adore You
🙂 To hear this poem, use the player below. :-)The Wordsby Paul Raworth Bennettin my mind liveflocks of colourful wordsoffspring of thoughts and feelings and dreamsspawn of pleasure and painin kaleidoscopic swirls theyhover and dartcaptivating my awareness, lifting my spirits,derailing the train called logical thinkingdissolving my sense of timecreativity has a way ofinspiring my heartigniting … Continue reading The Words
🙂 To hear this poem, use the player below. 🙂 Word Powerless by Paul Raworth Bennett Within our common heart We once savored joy’s nectars But then we tore apart A gaping hole rent my bleeding soul And my heart scarred over with Blown chances, squandered gifts, and broken dreams “She misses you!” cooed a … Continue reading Word Powerless
🙂 To hear this poem, use the player below. 🙂 A Slow Morning by Paul Raworth Bennett Still in bed, half past seven, I've been sleepless since four Peering through the darkness at my watch With its pale, glowing face and black, blurry hands Tunneling beneath the sunrise and taunting me Soft grey light seeps … Continue reading A Slow Morning
🙂 To hear this poem, use the player below. 🙂 You! by Paul Raworth Bennett ~~~ for my son... Happy 23rd Birthday! ~~~ My hand glided over your mother's beautiful, swollen belly Feeling your kicks and taps We sang you lullabies and read you stories while You explored your warm, liquid cocoon Nine months of excitement, … Continue reading You!
🙂 To hear this poem, use the player below. 🙂 How Many... ? by Paul Raworth Bennett (for a long-gone girlfriend who tried so hard to set me free) How many? How many ways can I ruin the eggs while you're Warming under the duvet? How many ways can I mangle the notes while I'm Singing … Continue reading How Many… ?
🙂 To hear this poem, use the player below. 🙂 Remy, the Unwitting Electrified Jedi Army by Paul Raworth Bennett After decades of fruitless, frantic searching Remy finally found Heart-Kettle's electric cord, and Into a gentle current of warmth and love He finally plugged it, feeling rather chuffed that At long last, he'd conquered himself, And … Continue reading Remy, the Unwitting Electrified Jedi Army
🙂 To hear this poem, use the player below. 🙂 My Loyal Paddleboard by Paul Raworth Bennett My sleek, silent partner Always loyal, always ready I climb aboard you and then, Whispering of adventures ahead, You carry me, quietly and gently Across Neptune's rippling, golden skin Towards the shifting, fading, pastel tapestries Of infinity