Geoffrey Aitken

mixed messages


in this rush

in this cascade of hours

of service

locked onto weary


it appears

the bombs dropped

yesterday

were a mistake


& for clarity

the rockets sent

tomorrow

may also be in error.



our place


we came together

for drinks

chat

& a catch up

realign our pasts

with the joy of youth

before it slowed

lost momentum

& a glass fell

broke


mixed laughter

with tears

& we realised


we’d expected too much.


 

Minimalism drives Geoffrey Aitken away from the scene of mental unwellness for the eyes and ears of those without voices. Widely published—locally (AUS), and internationally (the UK, US, CAN, CN & FR). Most recently, Cacti Fur and Flashes of Brilliance (US) and Oxygen (AUS). Older, he chases suburban congeniality.