Let Me Breathe

Sophie Patel

Let me breathe
to save my soul.
Do not crowd
I’d rather drown.

You say you care
so give me space
your selfish ways
may lead me to an early grave.
I’m not ready
to fall in love.

I can’t feel
passion nor lust
so let me breathe
so I may heal
my mind, heart and soul.


Colin Hicks

I enter your room
and close the door behind me
You do not hear me come in

I lift the covers and gaze at your beauty
your long slim neck …
your strong shoulders …
your slender waist …

I lift you up and hold you close
then I sit, and place you on my lap

My left hand is on your neck
holding down a minor chord
My right thumb caresses your strings
and you sing to me

You are highly-strung but still too relaxed
so I increase the tension
until you sing the chord divinely

Together we warm up with some scales
then follows a strenuous workout with a challenging piece
and finally we relax with some old favourites

You look even better now than when we first met
Your hard brittle gloss is now a mellow satin sheen
and those few scars add to your mystery
You still sing like an angel
The years have been kind to you

They have not been so kind to me
My fingers are no longer nimble
Grace notes and trills are out of my reach
Semiquavers slip away through my fingers
My tremolo eludes me
and I have kissed my rasgueado goodbye
Yet you wait patiently
each time I stop to massage my aching hands

When the music has finished
I gently polish you with the softest of cloths
then lie you down and replace the covers

I leave your room
and close the door behind me
You do not hear me go

The Love of My Life

Jem Tovey

With apologies to Elizabeth Barratt Browning,
I’ve discovered the antidote to sadness and frowning.
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways,
You’re in my heart eternally, this is not a passing phase. Continue reading “The Love of My Life”

I Hear Your Silence

L. Parker

When my soul aches,
And my heart breaks.
When darkness overtakes me,
And Your light is all I pray to see. Continue reading “I Hear Your Silence”

Keep Down That Wall

Marie Niland

Sadness evident in them blue pools
You’re drowning aren’t you inside
Everything getting very heavy
Hard I know when you have pride
Silently; you try martyr on
Not drawing attention to bloodshed tears you’ve cried

Continue reading “Keep Down That Wall”

First World Problems

by Jem Tovey

You will not be able to turn on, log in and shop online at Waitrose, brother.
You will not be able to order that Little Black Number from ASOS, for your mother. Continue reading “First World Problems”


by Tahera Mayat

Time is ticking away
Today is deadline day
You regret previous procrastination
But there is no time for frustration Continue reading “Deadlines”

Let Go

Sophie Patel

She walks the beach
To find her peace,
but a heavy weight keeps her at bay;
a rope around her leg attached to an Anchor.

Continue reading “Let Go”