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Poems For Janus

By Rori O'Keeffe

Copyright © 2018 by Rori O'Keeffe

Published at Smashwords by Rori O'Keeffe

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Table of Contents

The Lottery and Electoral Democracy

You Abandoned Me, I Will Save You

The Sea and My Breath

The Lesbians and the Avalanche

The Guitar and the Loved Man

War and the Living

The Photons and Society




Poems For Janus

The Lottery and Electoral Democracy

I have no voice, so I resort to gambling

Filling in papers with a surge of dreams

Maybe this time I will be a lucky one

Though I know it is only false hope.

You Abandoned Me, I Will Save You

How my heart was wrenched from my chest

I will never know enough to say

I see you need me more than ever

Though you showed me out that one day.

The streets were a hard lot in life

The numbness was both yours and mine

Swept away in the wind were the words

That drew between us in the sand a line.

Let me try one more time to help

You might forgive me for what I did before

Something comes and goes within our hearts

I stand now hesitating at your door.

They say that heaven is a real place

I haven't seen cloud nor angel of it though

A murmuring fall I'll make in your life

If you just take me back, I'll never let go.

The Sea and My Breath

Moving in and out and connected to the sky

It feeds the world with a gentle tide

Back in the day before it was alive

It was sadness though nothing died.

It comes upon you when you sleep

Hear it in a conch by your ear

Pollute it not with foulness that sears

And it will always be kind and near.

The Lesbians and the Avalanche

A distant tremor in the foot of a hill

Far away from the round lips

Of a mouth that kisses the tumbling rocks

A heaving landscape that is transformed.

The Guitar and the Loved Man

I pluck at strings that resonate

Deep in the body of this instrument

A melody of anguished joy erupts in the air

And a contented sigh escapes my lips.

War and the Living

Shooting skyward under the sun

Prey for those in flight

Each one's fate seems a matter of chance

But the strategies to survive are many

Drops of life pool on the ground

The war must be won if this life is to go on

There are no prisoners in these contests

Only the dead and the still-living.

The Photons and Society

Spreading out like a wave through space

Endlessly until you look there

The touch of the eye reveals individuals

Where before you thought it was a milieu

The closer you examine the system

The more you see discrete agencies within it

Though it challenges perceptions

They are simultaneously mass and energy.

More by Rori O'Keeffe

Rori writes poetry, fairy tales, adult humour, essays and general fiction. Her most recent compilations were published in 2017, and include her material released up to the end of that year. Here are links to those compilations' Smashwords pages:

Selected Poems 2013 – 2017

The Complete Rori O'Keeffe

The Unforgettable Fairy Tales

Currently (May, 2018) Rori is working on volumes of her World on Fire Poetry series. Use the link and you'll go to the Smashwords page for that series. For other poetry by Rori, you can use this link to go to her Smashwords Profile Page to peruse all her works. When you're there, you'll find her interview, and you can see what Rori likes to read at Smashwords, as well as her favourite Smashwords authors.

Rori's Profile Page at Smashwords

Rori has recently begun assembling her latest collection of short works into the
Lovers and Friends series. The link will take you to the series page at Smashwords, where you will find poetry and reality-based fiction about the most beloved and compelling people she has known over the years.

You can also check the many thousands of volumes of fiction and non-fiction Ebooks at the Smashwords store by going to the main page and navigating from there:

The Home Page of Smashwords



About Rori O'Keeffe

Rori is a passionate proponent of liberty and participatory democracy in times when things seems to be turning against freedom and democracy. Not beholden to any particular ideology, she prefers a hodgepodge philosophy that takes into account the imperfection of human understanding. We exist as individuals and communities simultaneously, and compassion should be one of our guides when we decide which way to look at society in any given instance. She hopes that her World on Fire Poetry series will make a little difference in how readers see the world, if they don't already agree with Rori.

When not being serious about social and political issues, Rori likes to play the clown for her readers, drawing inspiration for her humorous pieces from her personal life and surroundings. She has six cats, a dog, and numerous goldfish as her steadfast companions, and she may write something about her lifelong love of house critters before too long.

Rori wishes all her readers the best in humour, health, and happy times.

As always, thanks for reading!



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