Sally Richards



A glass or two at the weekend



She stands

lubricated by the third large glass

of red

regaling the group

with some story or other

hasty choice of white plastic pumps

incongruent

with the setting.


They sit

with supercilious smiles;

through gritted teeth - the odd sip

of Chardonnay;

eyes telling a different story


distain leaks

from the corner of mouths

as she gets louder, more animated

by the minute.

The one, alpha, male

attempts, without success, to subdue

her exuberance;

she’s having none of it


This is her moment

her time, her captive audience,

away from invisibility,

his bellowing presence;

she can really let go.


Maybe her delusion is a blessing,

better than the truth

of never being heard.



Sally Richards © 2009



A Change of Perspective

All the emotional years;

a banner of guilt

hanging over my head –

failure, bad person, failure


Friends I lost along:

banished

from their minds,

electric-shocked

out of  worlds.


Awake in the dark

soaked through

with pain of memories


blackened days,

light-filled nights;

sleep-stalked-horrors

rumbling through the quiet peace


…paled into the distance

when once again

I heard times’ thunder,

felt its chill on my face,

as it circled my green.



Sally Richards © 2009