Conversations with grief


The Skies Are Oceans

Are you a bird that flies in formation?

Or are you an individual of your creation?

Do you yearn for others and structure?

Or do you hunger for endless adventure?

I know what I am, coasting on clean clouds,

Flung high in mid-air far from the crowds.

The skies are oceans for my discovery,

These wings will keep beating my reverie.

© K.N.Liddington

The Walk

The sky was pink-turning-mauve, shaded clouds and the sun’s last kiss as dusk rises to taste it. The city stares on,  weaving and shaping below and I, walk.

Here are the boys on the corner smoking weed and eyeing women. Here’s the unclaimed person cursing under their breath or at the top of their lungs. There are the school kids messing around before dinner. There’s the business woman powering past with tormented precision. Here is the zombie, the screen slave, walking into you and never knowing you’re there. There are the pub-goers, the belchers, the football followers. Here’s the exhausted shop-keep who always smiles but never for himself. There are the young pros, lapping up the after work drinks and pretending they only smoke when they’ve had a few, prancers and posers, with all the optimism of unchecked youth. Here’s the proud new owner of a pizza place, that’s already sick of the smell, rethinking his hopes and questioning his dreams.

There’s my door, my wooden door.

So, one last glance at that perfect sunset, that unique skyscape and life flitting on below.

The utter wonder of it all: the transience, the fragility, the unending diversity and the wry predictability. What could possibly be more beautiful than that; the multi toned splendor of all those faces and stories, the simple beauty of the sky at sunset and the grey, ground, grit of this city. London.

© K.N.Liddington

Médecins sans Frontières

Les Médecins sans frontières

N’ont pas peur des barrières,

Sont là pour nous aider,

Nous rendre et  nous protégér.

Les sauveteurs en guerre,

L’enfant blessé crie pour sa mère…

Les médecins, nos sœurs et frères,

Réparent les cœurs parmi les pierres.

Au nom du bien de l’être humain,

Dans ce monde parfois malsain,

Apparaissent nos vrais anges gardiens,

Mes héros et les tiens.

© K.N.Liddington


It was a balmy, sunlit day when she and ship set forth,

Knowing nought but the stars and the bearings of the compass’s course.


Away, away, to shimmer on the silken sea.

Away, away, from man and society she did flee.


Off she took to the valiant, vast oceans,

To encounter flying fish and dolphins.


Alone and determined aboard her trusty vessel,

Happy and smiling as the south winds savor the sail.


Adventure and discovery far from earthly ties,

Just like Thoreau, below the unending skies.

© K.N.Liddington



Words trip down the page…

Healing the hurt of an age,

Poetry above all can save,

The brokenhearted brave.


Whether its that song,

Or a quote from bygones,

Those words, that saying,

The melody of  piano playing,

Poetry in all its forms,

Sweet solace, glory-born.

The passing of peace,

From each-to-each.


Rejoice in the soothing,

The delicious oozing,

Of unctuous words musing

The thrills of our choosing.

© K.N.Liddington



Cavort and Cajole

They laughed and danced,

Till the morning lanced

The joy of the night,

That debauched delight.

Of shadow’s shimmers

And evening’s glimmers,

Sang the wild beast,

For the fire’s feast.

Bodies and sundries,

Forget-me-not please.

These shining moments,

Of youthful serpents.

Cavort and cajole,

Explore thy soul.

Find the inner depths,

Quench the quest.

Taste fine beauty,

Within thine duty,

Till the devil sings

And we are kings.

© K.N.Liddington