I wrote this a couple of years ago and submitted it to a few publications as you do. It has ended up being published in Creel 3: An anthology of creative writing; a product of the Centre for Creative Writing at Essex University. I could not be happier. I read it at the launch evening, along with some other lovely and talented writers and fellow postgrad students. Held at The Wivenhoe Bookshop as part of the Wivenhoe ArtSea Festival, (and published by their own publishing imprint Wivenbooks), you could do worse than visit a brilliant independent family bookshop and buy a copy for yourself.
If the Jackdaw that struts across your lawn
like a soldier on parade
stopped and spoke to you of his loneliness,
Would you listen?
If you could hear the cry of the salmon
caught in the eagles claws,
Would you care?
If you saw the fear in the eyes of the moth
trapped in the spiders web,
Would you set it free?
Does the noise the doe makes
as she tries to find her way back
to the safety of the herd
When the leaf falls from the tree
do you feel sadness for its loss,
or joy at the change of seasons?
If you had just one wish
from a Djinns lantern
would you ask for your heart's desire
or would you set another free
from the prison of their own longing?
How many lies would it take
to awaken the phoenix of truth
that sleeps on your tongue?
and how many lives will you need
before you can look death in the face
and still walk the path you have chosen?
Have my questions
tightened the rope you bind yourself with
or opened a door to a greater perception?
Only you have the answer.
I am just a white room
on a sunlit day
with a mirror on every wall.
Wherever you turn
you will see your own reflection
looking back at you.
Will you live here?