Poetry Louis Kasatkin

By Louis Kasatkin

Louis is editorial administrator at www.DestinyPoets.co.uk and founder of Destiny Poets and in his spare time is a civic, community, political activist, blogger and general nuisance to the status quo!
 Louis Kasatkin

INTERMEZZO

Voices on a phonograph
flutter across a deserted apartment,
their cadences lose themselves
among the zig - zag alleyways
on whose rooves silhouettes are painted
by passing airships on
bright timeless summer days;
In a nearby park
the oompah band plays
snatches of some Strauss melody
enthralling lunchtime crowds
attired in their finest holiday fashions;
And in the apartment
where someone used to be,
only a discarded telegram remains,
and with that emptiness inside me
I get up and leave;
leaving just the mirror
and the silence.

Manuscript Found in an Antique Dresser

Words etched in time,
fade even as I gaze at them,
wondering who wrote them?
when were they written?
who were they written for?
and that final question that
even History cannot answer;
were the words ever read
by anyone before me?
or am I the first reader
and maybe the last?
shall I keep this manuscript's secrets safe?
or should I betray them

THE END OF EMPIRE

Magnolia-scented archipelago morning,
camouflaged gun-carriages
slinking along
taut cobblestoned arteries
to the grand Palace de Ville;
half-awake kepi'ed corporals
tune battered transistor radios
catching the tresses of
fleeting Francoise Hardy chansons,
their spiritual melange of
love, hope and understanding
struck down by the
bayonet- sharp rays of the sun
glinting on pristine marble statues,
quiescent cherubs of moments
dawning and dying,
holding thoughts in thrall
evoking a lassitude that will never
see its own likeness again
in all the mirrors
that blank and fade,
as the first of the artillery
heralds the crucifixion
of Coup d'etat.

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