Veronica Aldous

Poetry and Art by Veronica Aldous

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Posted 1 day ago

10’clock Paralysis

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10’clock Paralysis

The tin dog barking his guts out
The three notes like a cracked gong
She can feel him bashing along
The corridor, his tail striking the dado
In miserable happiness
He has been heard by a woman
With no key, no heart to get up
Go out, feel the sun striking the retina
The fat mud extruding in glorious wormcast
His ministry is one of just sitting it out
Till something changes
Whi…

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Posted 5 days ago

The Blue Whale

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The Blue Whale

At last a harpoon took my breath away
There was no sigh
In this expedient sea,
The weight was all, the flesh, the oil
The barbarous implements
Deconstructing heart, lungs and liver
A cavernous mystery unfolding
Beneath the massy corpuscular facts
The nave, a transept, the entablature
Of my very bones.

I am still hunted,
I sail above the visitors
Gazing into my interstices
A…

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Posted 1 week ago

Parfumier

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Parfumier

The crushed violets in your drenched hand
smell of nothing, the ionone numbs the senses,
Like ghosts they cannot wither, being as they are
already gone into some nervy hinterland.
Josephine, you called me, the shadow on my breast
blue like a bruise or a bird’s wing, or something
chemical. The more you called, the less I thrived,
as though the name were not freely given
but stolen from…

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Posted 1 week ago

Hymnself

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Hymnself

I was thinking of visiting you
But know you are now mystified by leaves
Haunted by squirrels and small slow maggots
Fingering and boring into the sainted bark.
I feel you in the sunset when the shadows
Skitter over my hands and upturned face.
In the night I hear your low thrumming breath
The way of sleeping which is simply rusting
Composting dreams into mole hills.
Bracken sprays its…

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Posted 4 weeks ago

The Little Ones

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We didn’t tread this way
Because we chose it, rather
It was the way the wind blew down
The ginnel into the heathland
Bending the soft cocksfoot and fescue
To a whitish silver footpath
That we wound down
Pushed by forgotten fists
And slaphard shoves

This crooked stump of half rotten wood
The squat of fungi and shy beetles
Did you think we did not want a fireplace
And two painted smudgfaced…

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Posted 4 weeks ago

Very Important Notes

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Very Important Notes

Summer brittled her, cracking her ribs
As balsam disgorged its black seeds
Into the western tributary
She lay on her back beneath bracken
Serpentine in its ways and habits

‘The sun is also a star, the moon a mere mimic
I wish now, I had pressed my hand into the pargeting
Before the vandals came and smashed the heads
Off cherubs and nymphs; there are spirals
In my head which make…

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Posted 6 weeks ago

Banned words

Banned words

They shoved the words deep in holes
dug pits and tipped them in
covering their cries
with leaves and stones
they walked away, whistling.

Sun came, rain engorged the fat earth
sickening to explain itself

The forests grew high
choking the village
women and men with ivy crowns
came walking stiff and high
scalding the air with their utterances.

Veronica Aldous  2017 all rights reserved

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Posted 8 weeks ago

Sacrament

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It pierces the delirious ends of things
A vagrant nosing in a bin bag
The sun shaving the edges of the trees
Behind him, always behind –
So their angelic spines stand as liturgy

A rosary falls as the sparrows chip at the crumbs.

Veronica Aldous all rights reserved 2017

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Posted 11 weeks ago

New book out; an anthology Indra's Net

New book out; an anthology Indra’s Net

Indra’s Net

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Posted 12 weeks ago