Jack Simcock

Painter and Poet

This poem is from A Broken String of Beads, a book of poetry written between 1974 and 2005 to accompany his earlier work Midnight Till Three. Jack had hoped to publish in 2010, but he was unable to do so in his lifetime.

Night

Time transcends my slumber
and every star above
suffers to please
I wonder
where is the gentle dove

Incoming tides
will bring you
face to face the moon

Then all the shine
will slowly fade
and she will die
too soon

The next three poems are taken from “Midnight Till Three”, a book of poems by Jack Simcock, published in 1975, available to purchase separately from the autobiography upon request.

Autumn

One summer was their green life.

Yet in their dying
they most please the eye.

Celebrated is their silent fall.

And as they lie,
some sprinkled here,
and feet plow through
some drifted there,

eyes meet a winter sky.

Summer

A Summer’s noon is on,
emerald blush
and blossom.

Seed plumes powder the hill.

A breeze sweeps the sun
and a thigh quivers.

A head turns in the grass,
back from a blue wilderness.

Love-green cows
rust in a galaxy of buttercups.

Old lanes with their fresh white lovers
tremble in mottled shade

and dandelions pine in a child’s hand.

Still Branches

The day waits quietly
as though nothing has ever happened before,
as though all that will happen today
will be for the first time.

In still branches the day waits.

I wake without memory,
without anticipation.
I wake with closed eyes
from an ecstacy of pining
unrequited love long ago,
weak from a boy’s heart
broken for life in dreams.

First love is lost and sought in dreams tearfully.
The pleading is remembered,
lived with.
Morning is to accept the loss.

I rise and go about my day
and again everything is old
and I do everything the way I always do it.
I say again what I said yesterday
and everything I see I remember
and everything is saturated in the past.

The day waits quietly to be remembered.