Black Bird

The Lord of prophecy and artistic word Returning silent life to the war dead Before he too, came to lose his own head The cauldron-god with wings of a black bird. For seven years foreseeing Harlech’s fate And then four score and seven more in Gwales In music, art and song he shared his many … Continue reading Black Bird


I Wish I Had Known

Prompt: If I could talk to my teenage self, the one thing I would say is… It is easy to say I would tell myself to face the fear I had of being a freak for feeling like a boy in a girl’s body, but I know I didn’t have the strength about me at … Continue reading I Wish I Had Known

Forest Spring

Shadows of winter remain here Unclad by the early spring sun Echoes chilled by the passing time Seasons rebuild nature’s beauty Torn between worlds, the then and now Reborn in the cool forest glades Life on earth must return again In the blessed birth of springtide’s call Walking amid awakening trees Sleep talking and stretching … Continue reading Forest Spring


I kiss the dust that lies beneath your feet As I know from your love I can’t retreat But still I feel the pain of losing you You are all I wanted in dreams beneath The sun; you are my sun and all I knew Of love I found only in your presence The rapture … Continue reading Before

Chains and Blades

The sweet song of freedom softly echoes against the bars of restriction exposing the soul to deeper passions found only in cruel torment as hunger and desire become the chains of bondage chains that tighten cold steel against flesh chains that bring liberation from the cravings of lust in flashes of metal chains and blades … Continue reading Chains and Blades

Natural Rhythm

When I listen to the earth ‘neath my feet I hear the echo of an ancient time Of lives before I came to write in rhyme The call of nature’s spiritual beat Upon the shore as the day and night meet Amid the breaking of the salty waves I feel it; the rhythm that my … Continue reading Natural Rhythm


I feel her touch in the paradox of passion her love my completeness yet still I am broken desire and fear combine and I close my mind to drown in the molten silver of fantasy and illusion in the wild wilderness where I am free to be escaping the hate the self-loathing that is my … Continue reading Ambiguity


After the glory of a battle won The soldier stands with blood staining his hands His weary eyes gazing over the lands And the dead lay beneath the blazing sun He lowers his head, his soul gripped with pain For the lives lost in the victory’s quest As he prays the fallen will now find … Continue reading Battlefield

Before I Sleep

The Autumn shades of red and gold are here, A wonder to behold before I sleep, The bounty of harvest received with cheer, I see the beauty of my Lady’s grace. As falling leaves dance, I no longer weep, For in the darkness I shall see her face, Across the land the shroud of Autumn … Continue reading Before I Sleep

Aurora Borealis

O lady of the silver wheel, Mother in the full moon’s light As we dance and begin to feel Let us see love’s blessings tonight. Arianrhod weave magic’s spell, Where souls depart to restful flight, And as you guard their future well Let us see love’s blessings tonight. The strength of feminine divine, The clearest … Continue reading Aurora Borealis

Alban Hefin

Summer heat Solstice day and merry meet And the Sun God rises high To lie amid the blossom Lover’s act United by sacred pact Fertile fruits that bring us mirth As Mother Earth shares her love   © JG Farmer 2018 Form: Rannaicheacht Ghairid

A Sock

Just a sock lying there on the shattered ground calling out to humanity questioning the declaration that all is fair in love and war where is fairness in a life just started snatched by the bombs of belief that one cause has more value than another a child’s sock tattered and stained lying where the … Continue reading A Sock

Within Darkness

Behind the velvet mask her eyes saw nothing but darkness. The air of silence allowing her to absorb the energy of his mind at play with her senses. Now she was beginning to understand what he meant by the world of darkness and night being his domain. Time moving so slowly it was torturing her … Continue reading Within Darkness


The prince leans to the girl in scarlet heels, Her green eyes slant, hair flaring in a fan Of silver as the rondo slows; now reels Begin on tilted violins to span The whole revolving tall glass palace hall Where guests slide gliding into light like wine; Rose candles flicker on the lilac wall Reflecting … Continue reading Cinderella

A Pagan Echo

Through fields of wheat there trails a summer breeze That softly sings over the hills and vales And as the sun begins to fall below The Earth’s own rhythm brings a sense of ease As ancient Celts again retell their tales Around the fire, hear a Pagan echo. At Lughnasadh we see the golden grain, … Continue reading A Pagan Echo

Civet Cat

If I ask you would you give me some time A brief moment shared in rhythm and rhyme I will not ask for any more than that Just the merest glimpse of sweet paradise Inhaling your sweet scent of civet cat Aroma feeding my inner desire Just a moment of lust shared between us Ignites … Continue reading Civet Cat


Be happy for me, love, my turn has come to dance with the souls of the dead grieve and weep if you must but please hold a little happiness in your heart as I embrace the eternal rhythm and know I won’t tango until we live again © JG Farmer 2017 Form: Free Verse


Discretion and denial hiding self within her flesh losing unanswered wondering within the embraces of passion I wanted it to be enough like a final solution to inner pain of gender confusion - forgive me for burying my truth within words the words of intimate love the linguistic torment and cries of pleasure without resolution … Continue reading Confusion

Love Unspoken

I once had a heart; now it’s broken She was once the love of my life From a distance, the best man’s wife I made my vows solemn spoken I still saw her just now and then I watched her smile without a care Hatches, matches, dispatches share Family ties gather again Until today, her … Continue reading Love Unspoken

Night Muse

While I was wandering through loneliness Where once my trust had met with phoniness I heard you whisper as day turned to night Your gentle calling my heart’s guiding light As inside the darkness you took my hand The delicate love I needed so much Unleashing my tears with the softest touch And slowly my … Continue reading Night Muse