Monday 14 January 2013

3 Poems by Laurence Overmire


the clap of trees
withering in the dusk
the sad dropping of emaciate leaf
secrets whispered in a desolate wind

we cannot understand
nor touch the sorrow
the tramping of feet
the crush of sticks in dust

life’s travails mocked
in timelessness of starlight
the unheard voice
lost in a moment of breath.


What seemed so great
in the moment
in the scheme of things
very small

Only death and its
incumbent couriers
merit the attention
of so strict a life’s

And then, and only then
in the calm eye of the storm
can one see


that which was forbidden
was only a temporary latch
on that pearly gate of



There are times in a life
When words fail
Like rain to a gutter
Waste away
The crying of clouds

Thunderously exhausted

Gray pillows no comfort
The head too hard to find
In the repellant crust of


Laurence Overmire is the author of the recently released The One Idea That Saves The World: A Call to Conscience and A Call to Action. He has had a multi-faceted career as poet, author, actor, director, educator, and genealogist. His award-winning poetry has been widely published in hundreds of journals, magazines and anthologies worldwide. Overmire is an advocate for peace, justice, human and animal rights, and the environment.

1 comment:

  1. I really like these. Very vivid, very immediate.