The Wheel

by Brian Routh

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Poem by Brian Routh


The wind blows
Across my face
My shadow moves
From place to place
My heart beats
Slow and fast
My life flows
Into the past
I ask The Cosmos
Who am I?
I ask my reflection
As it heaves a sigh
The warrior's sorrow
Fills my soul
From life to life
From goal to goal
Melancholic rapture
Pulls me deep
As I learn to fly
Within my sleep
Love and goodness
Guide my life
Peace and stillness
Calm my strife
Abandon hope
The Buddhists say
False illusion
Blinds the way
Where is desire?
In all this?
Where is passion?
And eternal bliss?
Where is woman?
In my heart?
How does romance
Play a part?
Content to live
A life alone
Gnawing idly
On my bone
Is this it?
Is this all there is?
No more bangs?
No more fizz?
Must I live?
Without embrace?
No more kisses
On my face?
I hold a torch
To light the way
Through the darkness
Of each day
I wander lost
Into the mist
Fading fast
The loves I've kissed
The magic presence
Thrills my spine
Starry passion
Pours like wine
Drunk I am
Full of wonder
My mind a swirling
Mass of thunder
Lightning flashes
Through my eyes
Rain is pouring
From my skies
Who am I?
I ask once more
A giant face
Looks through a door
A face that glows
That pours out love
Is this face me?
I ask a dove
As she flies with stillness
Through my soul
Her silent answer
Makes me whole
Now this body drifts
Into the past
I leave its shell
Free at last
I'm flying now
Free from matter
No more noise
And human clatter
A new formed body
Carries me away
Reborn to live
Another day
Another life
Another name
Different strife
And a different game
A newness that fills me
With new wonder
More new lessons
And more new blunder
On and on
The wheel I go
Who I am
I'll never know


released March 30, 2011
Music and words: Brian Routh



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Brian Routh Leicester, UK

Since 1980 Brian Routh (Kipper Kids) has collaborated with and appeared with Karen Finley, Henry Rollins, Public Image, Genesis P. Orridge, Sex Pistols, Joanna Went, Eric Bogosian, Anne Bean, Bow Gamelan, Lol Coxhill, Evan Parker, Derek Bailey, Ian Hinchcliffe among others.
He has showed his digital movies at the Royal Academy and sound works at Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.
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