Highbury Fields

That sixteen-year-old words 
scratched there in my diary
could bring the two of us here
seems almost supernatural

A spring-evening walk, so like us
the us we were as teens
when you were my first
and still my only kiss
as we walked the peaceful parks of home

Now, so many years stretch across
a wide valley of unshared experience
they squeal and dance between us
slowly and methodically we close the gap
spinning our silken bridge of words

I pull the feathers from your lungs
they’re knotted and tarred
dripping with the bitterness of isolation
they’re catching in your throat

Your silences
and the space between those words
they say much more
they say it all…

Your sorrow is a blanket of leaves
your sorrow is blossom that falls
and covers this park…

Highbury Fields disappears
beneath the tears I know you cry
in your silent room
from your hiding place

Recently, I read again of all you gave me
when the two of us were lost together
so I ask myself ‘what I can do
to help lift you from this place’

What can I do for you
what can I give to you
only my time, only my time to you
the healing warmth of resuscitated friendship
as we walk the adult evening
through this pretty park

And you can say it all
you can speak it all out loud…


Thank you for reading.


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Tom Alexander

"Art is a lie that tells the truth"

12 thoughts on “Highbury Fields”

    1. Thank you Delia. This one was a bit of a throw-away poem on the way back from the meeting it describes, but looking back, I’m quite pleased with how it came out. 🙂


      1. Thank you! I’m probably one of the last music lovers on earth who don’t have Spotify, but I can read your playlist at least. I checked your About. Interesting 🧐

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      2. To be honest, Spotify is probably one of the worst things to happen to musicians and artists in a long time. I try to buy albums on vinyl in the hope some money goes to the artist but Spotify is damn convenient for listening on the go! 😊🎧

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