New Poetry, Fiction, Essays

Poetry by Queensland Poet, Mark Tarren

Mark Tarren is a poet and writer who has recently escaped the big city and now
resides in rural North Queensland Australia. He loves to read, write love sonnets
and drink red wine.










Sam Shepard Died Today


Sam Shepard died today,
And I can’t go to bed
There are too many lines unwritten
Beneath the sheets,

And too many lies in my head.

Sam Shepard died today,
With so many lives unsaid
With a youthful life remembered
In cowboy dreams,

And too many lines of dread.

Too many fears in the cracked seams
Hell bent and heaven sent
There is a sentence left unspoken
In blue creases,

Too many gun tongues with lead.

Sam Shepard died today,
With Shakespeare’s dust in his head
With typewriter snakeskin boots
Black T-Shirt and eye glasses,

And I can’t go to bed.



A Feast in the Shadow of Paradise


We are born from the same naked earth
You and I
Formed from the same clay
Two trees

Planted in unfounded spaces

A lifetime between growing

In this desert

I suckle at the drops of
what is
and loved

yet missing

It brings far more nourishment
than a feast

in the shadow of paradise.



The Boy and the Swan


The tender beak curls toward

Full of purpose.
Full of dignity.

The large
powerful wings
hide his small
fragile arms.

You are very beautiful
Says the boy

You are my

My father
My brother
My sister
Says the boy.

Let us be one

Let us swim

Let us swim out
into the deep

Where the water is pure
Where the world is young again.




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