Poems

‘Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced.’  ~ John Keats

2020

If it was once about this
it’ll soon be about that

Make sure they believe this
so they don’t believe that

Be sure to talk about this
or anything but that

Make sure they talk about this
so they don’t talk about that

Let them act on this
in ignorance of that

Forget the fact this
clearly means that

Remind them of this
so they don’t remember that

We’ll pay you this
to write nothing about that

If they question this
make sure you don’t answer that

Show them this
so they don’t think about that

If they still question this
vilify them for thinking that!

Make sure it’s always about this
and never that

They mustn’t learn the truth of this
or the truth about that.

© Christopher Sharp

2020, Untitled (remix)

Watching glistening hues dance their sparkled, rhythmic jams toward a mist draped horizon.

The sound of the sea setting to sail dissociation of melancholy…a departure met with a smile.

Railroad
from the city
to the hills.

Thatched cottage near the river
me, painting in the old barn.

When you reach the summit
don’t fear the space.

Lead me into Wonderland.

Water flows
like states of mind
you’ve seen me here before
as I have you
yet we remain strangers
as one.

Gathered to shore
in peaceful union
resting beyond sight
after many journeys
awaiting long journeys
to come.

I follow your melody
leading me into the unconscious
as I do
to harmonise consciousness.

Dizziness decreasing
maybe it works…
farther and farther fades
the sensation
of other realities
as I look
into the distance.

What followed was terrifying
though I could see it coming
harder than you think
to get through it
strange
how a day on the job
is much easier.

Difficult to stop
the creation of what you fear
I step through the doors
despite anticipation
perhaps save for another day
when I’m feeling more confident?
Too late
we depart
the ticket conductor interrupts
I could tell what she thought
was I jumping the train?
I was
but not for the reasons she assumes
the distraction helped
and I paid my fare.

In solitary flight
through uncertainty above
green hills, beyond clouds
drifts a wandering dove.

To an acid flashback
where Ganesha revealed
the secrets of space
and time.

White clouds drift by
bus stops in the rain
along a breeze travelling
afar where history remains.

© Christopher Sharp

Steps Bridge (25 March ‘20)

Like a wild herd as one
thundering over rocks
a crescendo interspersed
with the silent cadence
of dancing silver
glistens beneath infinite
solitude
observed by bees
as it engulfs stones in
a chorus of white foam.
Pebbles gaze up from bedrock
in quietude they rest
witnessing an indefatigable ensemble
roaring to its destination.
Daffodils lean serenely towards
whirling reflections
gently nodding their heads
to a subtler verse
in the key of breeze,
a bee lands to the left
ascending once more to hover near shadows
fallen from a storm,
casually departing
remnants of yesterday’s
exuberant opera.

© Christopher Sharp

2015, The Fields

Confession,
abolition,
renewal,
uncertain processes
among dreams
lost
in perpetual night
waken
to a magnificent sunrise
over endless green fields.
The sound of the river
travels through distant forests,
shadows pointing
towards a road
facing mountains
reaching beyond the clouds,
descending the vastness
of skies overlooking
great stillness amid
a palette of infinite
hues ever changing,
a light
pierces deep within
to unlock hidden doors
opening on new vistas,
bright
in solitude
nestled between
wooded hills
beneath a chorus
of optimism
in full voice
among the trees,
reflections
of emptying
towards serenity
gaze upon
every colour;
if only for a moment
a brief,
beautiful moment,
walking eternal fields
completely free.

© Christopher Sharp

2013, The Butterfly

Butterfly, lying still upon the ground
Colours of a spirit meek as profound
I wonder, did you see normality
While flying over grey reality?

Your wings bid farewell to their flutter
Their colours a swan song as you exit the shroud
Away from this affluence which surrounds
Return to the whole elusive yet all around

Your stillness embodies a symbol of heaven
As from the earth you emerge into flight
Like a soul so pure and free but what becomes
Of your colours as you fall towards the night?

My search for answers brings forth storms
Raging through the underworld’s myths and illusions
Phantasmagoria’s shadows leave me forlorn
As I try to make sense of the dark’s intrusion

Bright colours of the world fall out of my dreams
As your soul departs through the seams of your wings
Butterfly, were you pilot or passenger
When obfuscated as a rainbow glider?

© Christopher Sharp

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2011, The Desert

I was walking in a desert where I passed many people, possibly nomads like myself but I couldn’t be sure.  I also recall some tall figures stood motionless, wearing large masks like that of a native tribe perhaps holding spears as well.  They did not appear aggressive to me despite looking intimidating and it was unclear what they were doing in this place – their endeavours as shrouded as my own.  I could see a slight hilly incline bearing to my right in the direction I was heading.  It was night and the desert appeared to be of a circular or semi-circular shape with red-brown coloured sand.  While walking, my attention became drawn towards a strange symbol etched in the ground, the appearance of which I can only vaguely recall but it was unmistakably there.  Somehow, whether through being told or by intuition, I came to know that this was a mark of the prophet Mohammed and it seemed to reveal that Islam held the highest knowledge of God.  The desert had a perimeter, which before times (that is, before such knowledge existed), one could pass through to other lands easily (and back again) but once knowledge of God had been attained, the perimeter became like a kind of force-field, which made it all but impossible to leave the desert.

© Christopher Sharp

2010, Yin Yang

The painting stood tall
And to a slight
Forty-five degree
Angle upon the floor.
It was entirely black
But for two rectangular
Shapes, which had been
Spray painted with unfeasible
Thickness across part of it.
In front were stood three
Decidedly unimpressed looking
People.
The first was a former course
Colleague (who used to work with
Spray paint as I recall), alongside his
Wife and a third person whose precise
Identity escapes me completely (although
I seem to remember he was male).
Why it was those particular people
Standing there at that time I do not know.
I was feeling very defensive, as if braced
For yet another bad crit and, sure enough,
My former colleague’s wife began laying
Into me.
I immediately retorted only for my
Defensiveness to be stopped in its
Tracks by my former colleague’s
Words:

“You’ve single-handedly
Revolutionised modernism
And postmodernism with
A little bit of dramaism.”

I was dumbstruck, a most
Unexpected response!
His wife said no more but
Her attitude towards me
Changed somewhat, now
Looking at her partner
With a notable expression
Of agreeance as he uttered
Those words, while the
Other person remained
Silent.

© Christopher Sharp

2010, Secret of Oz

A Japanese Man,
Looking angry.
I began talking
Somewhat piously
(as I recall)
Not my usual manner
When articulating
My artistic aspirations
On the contrary,
I have a rather shy demeanour.
The man became rather animated:
“Trust me, I’ve worked
On the inside and,
Believe me,
If something is a successful product
It is simply down to it being
The most successful con!”

I had nothing to say
But still I walked on.

© Christopher Sharp

A Painting is a City

In this place, governed by over-privileged, bought-and-paid-for halfwits, grey, becomes the norm.  A union of fragmented wholes forcibly collate under the control of a shadowy greed peddling snake oil to a masses, repeatedly condescended for their blindness after having their vision robbed and yet ever worshipping their oppressors, somehow falling in love without any choice.  It matters not how much you protest, such is the way of things thus, if you see this, it will be when you’re alone.  Many believe in taking the blue pill – that duly attending classes, debates, social functions, exhibitions, performances, plays, gyrating to the stupid, mindless music the machine decrees, or being subjected to other such forms of cultural ephemera within this place, shall in some way impart liberation.  As they shuffle along and behave accordingly, decadent institutions sanctioned by state bureaucracy disseminate bourgeois propaganda, nullifying the middle-classes in the exact same manner as alcohol, sport and celebrities do to the proletariat and apathetic university students.  Some believe in to be or to protagonise one of its so-called subversives, though to what outcrop such wit remixing the mainstream via the outside/r, as it were, but to merely lengthen the tentacles of the beast?  No.  Such things can never exist beyond, nor will they change the banality, conformity, laziness, ignorance and self-centredness that form the landmarks of a media eating itself.  Others believe in taking a journey inwards to seek counsel from the voice of reason that dwells within the depths of an unseen abyss as vast as the cosmos itself.  This acknowledgement lies partly in believing that Bukowski was right all along – it’s the trivial things what’ll drive a man over the edge and little, if any of it, is worth caring about.  Here, walls come crashing down intuiting a certain kinetic release liberating one from all those greys, raising every colour to the fore, meaning that, during an intense moment oscillating between pure awe and dread, your eyes can see.

© Christopher Sharp

2010, Heart Frames the Cosmos

There were two images in
Dawkins’ book: ‘The God –
Delusion’.  
Both identical images
of a young, attractive woman
lying within a cone-like object,
concealing the lower half of her body.
She was laid on her side and looked
peaceful and was clasping a flower
of some sort as I recall. She was
fairly light skinned – clear and
beautiful with straight brunette
hair.
The image to the left was from the
unconscious – slightly raw and more
‘real’ looking, whereas the right-hand
image looked quite digital and
manufactured.
The conclusion drawn within
this book was that science could
explain all phenomena as a
result of this for the first image
was from inside the person’s
head and the second was drawn
by somebody on LSD, thus these
images are programmed and we
do not in any way act
spontaneously, which would
be indicative of our possessing
a Soul.

© Christopher Sharp

2010, Thinkin’ all Pomo in the AM

Everything is simulated
Via the simulated
Repeatedly simulated
Via the simulated
To form a whole through which
Everything becomes disconnected
Via the Connected.

© Christopher Sharp

2009, Novus Ordo Seclorum

The revolution failed.  The main instigator, of the lower echelons, idealistic in every way; believer in the potential of the nowhere man and the common good, looks up towards the goblin brothers of the aristocracy:

“CHANGE ONLY OCCURS WHEN WE DECIDE!”

Forlorn, the man walks away now aware of his place in the world and the reality of all the history that went before him.  A fool, like all the others, he simply went home, switched on the TV, read the paper and was drawn ever-increasingly into the apathetic world of a gentrified, mass consumer culture, before eventually losing his mind.

© Christopher Sharp

Beat Page

Pride is that terrible affliction
Where there was once
Intrigue
Respect
Even desire born from mystique
NOW
Only indifference and condescension
As the defensiveness it
Perpetuates
Gradually lowers
Your IQ and EQ
Reducing you to the depressing
Reality you so FEAR and use it as
Defence against – to hide the
FACT
That you are really a fraud but you long not
To
Believe it – and for others not to see
It – and
It may have worked but for
Pride, your so-called ally to
Your infallibility
Betraying you into exile and
Obscurity.

© Christopher Sharp