for Brian Tappin ~ joy and sparrows, seagulls and sky and hope and… ~ part one

Sometimes we’re lucky enough to fleetingly meet a someone who changes us, bursts heart open, adds three feet to your height and shows you where your forgotten wings are buried. And it’s mutual. The following (and the rest of the song which I need to illustrate) are for you Brian Tappin ~ roaring lion, gentle angel, boy I miss you right now, dude! xx

for brian - july 29 2015

a ship to sail away in…

a ship to sail away in
take your dreams and play in

on an ocean wide as lovesong
and lit by Monday stars

a man who’s travelling far
he’s dreamt this day for years

across the waves he sings
and meets a friendly creature

happy as daybreak
peering from around a wave
saying: shall we play?

lighthouses and lovers
both dazzling the sky
with their bright sighs
and light songs

rare seagulls are these
building nests from lost songs
and memory shards

sometimes they perch
on the lighthouse
and peer inside
when the keeper’s watching
David Attenborough documentaries
– they’re the best

they come to sea to sing
bright songs as loud as waves
and the sea salt and breeze make their moustaches flourish
and their songs get louder still