‘if ‘ for Raymond Chandler

‘if I had a gun to her back she couldn’t,
wouldn’t, stand by me.’


love is a foreign dream for her…words, bought presents but not a ‘presence’ in a real, hurtful moment.

a hurtful moment? what is a hurtful moment?

when you find out that a loved, a loved one,

one who is now both unfaithful &


when they hurt you…without prayerful listening.
when there is no human touch
when she does not hear; listen; trust or believe

or he

hurt, not healing
death, not life
in their unfaithfulness

can you, just stop hurting me? that is my prayer

You can’t; so



Mark 3:31-35 Then Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see him. They stood outside and sent word for him to come out and talk with them. 32 There was a crowd sitting around Jesus, and someone said, “Your mother and your brothers are outside asking for you.”

Jesus replied, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” Then he looked at those around him and said, “Look, these are my mother and brothers. Anyone who does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”

life, breathe, run, walk
with you

they don’t

give you up at nine years of age because your widow father wants to remarry
they don’t think of love as a ‘favour’
they don’t not see you
or not listen when you are not speaking

they don’t make your sky darker among millions of stars

they are light
are a soft wave
a kiss

a laugh that accepts

they don’t count your failings
but forgets
forgives things, even
a thing like

families faithfully
but they never forget



dark, light by soft, yet bright

glows on my eyes as I enter
my orange volkswagen in the bronx

this june night may be my last
as my appendix has brust and
poison gently fills by blood stream

pain has left
but I must move my car-traffic
agents will not stop their tickets
if I die; someone will pay
someone, but
not me

the doctor understood; she said: ‘you have five minutes-go’
she knew I wanted to see

she knew

as, dr who

as bodies fall and

love, true love, remains but
not as, as you may envision or
dr who tells the love he failed, he thanks her
as, as his thoughts change,
insights come,
screwdriver passes to
‘love, it’s not an emotion. Love is a promise and he will never hurt her. PE, catch!’
Catch, as PE