Past memories

Break the barrier

Of approaching dawn

Can almost feel

And smell

The sweat of fear

Sometimes part of those days

Begone! I whisper

Searching for a talisman

In a brass bowl

On my bedside table

But my dogs

Those stubborn




So wise


And they surround me

Like the sick mother

From their litter

Keeping me warm

And when the sweat dissipates

They heave sighs of relief

Chasing tails

Digging too close to the garden

And generally rejoicing

As they hear the rattling of dog bones

Making the trip

From the box

To the salivating mouth

I am in their debt

And gladly pay…


© 2016 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)



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Tonight, let us lie in our bower

Together, fast together

Let us not bring into our new life

Our ex-spouses, ex-lovers

Or mothers, fathers and brothers

Tonight is for us

But tomorrow

Let us go on the shoreline

And push each one

Out to sea

In the sunlight

The memory

Of those times and tears


Forever from our thoughts

Now cleared for new love…

© 2015 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)