The Isles (Pure Shores Suite)

Listen to The Isles by Richard Charles Stevens (Pure Shores Suite)

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i wear this smile
from yesterwhile
declare myself undressed awhile
wrought flesh caressed
thoughts dressed abreast
of north south east and western isles
.
i wear this heart
expressed through art
upon my chest
with vesture cleft
to snatch a breath
or catch my death
before i get to set apart
the masterpiece
my arteries weep freely to impart
before sincerely end commences start
.
i wear this smile
from yesterwhile
declare myself undressed awhile
wrought flesh caressed
thoughts dressed abreast
of north south east and western isles
.
north south east and western isles
north south east and western isles
before sincerely end commences start
.
i bleed this cardiac grenade
to flash and clear
the tumours
of a wounded yet impassioned cavalier
i bleed this heart of mine
in half the time it takes
to fashion faith
i bleed this heart of mine
to room him near
.
i wear this gown
no fretful frown
to crown atop my gaze
sink not in grief
for all fall down
has never been my way
.
the day i die
i aim to fly
will brave the life
preceding
to see beyond the naked eye
unaided and with feeling
.
i need to feel
for lesions heal
once we seek ways to break the seal
seek a place to hide inside
give rise to heat no age could chill
take the wheel
then drive and drive
until the road
parades no lights
turn off the ignition
and persist to kiss audacious skies
.
i bleed this cardiac grenade
to flash and clear
the tumours
of a wounded yet impassioned cavalier
i bleed this heart of mine
in half the time it takes
to fashion faith
i bleed this heart of mine
to room him near
(with feeling)
.
i waivered rights
to be myself
when i declined to see myself
it took some time to free myself
a lifetime to redeem myself
the noble prize was mine to claim
despite the underlying pain
for life in kind reminded me
of how to feel alive again
.
with feeling
with feeling
.
seeing
hearing
smelling
tasting
(seeing
hearing
smelling
tasting)
.
touching
clutching
captivated
(touching
clutching
captivated)
.
picnic hamper
cosy blanket
(picnic hamper
cosy blanket)
.
to each sense a handsome banquet
(to each sense a handsome banquet)
.
i bleed this cardiac grenade
to flash and clear
the rumours
of a wounded yet impassioned cavalier
i bleed this heart of mine
in half the time it takes
to fashion faith
i bleed this heart of mine
to room him near
(handsome banquet)
.
seeing
hearing
smelling
tasting
touching
clutching
captivated
picnic hamper
cosy blanket
to each sense a handsome banquet
country miles from lands of languish
face nowise so pale with anguish
far away from idle habit
every night
a rite of passage
.
i wear this smile
from yesterwhile
declare myself undressed awhile
i wear this smile
with guile and grace
to reacquaint my eyes
with face
can see again
the naked flame
ablaze of distant tides
i wear this smile
to play admissive guide
to the one place
the one place
i wish reside
of north, south, east and western isles
i wear this blessèd smile
.
i wear this blessèd smile
.
i wear this blessèd smile
.

Richard Charles Stevens

Keeper of The Crimson Quill

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