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Blown Away – Manic

By R.B. Simpson

It blew in out of nowhere
restless, reckless, raring to go,
a leer in its eye,
raising hair, ready to raise hell,
hustling down the street,
sending yesterday’s news flapping,
whipping the words
right out of my mouth.

Lone wolf wind on the prowl
– wide awake –
howling wild with delight,
ripping it up around midnight.

Suddenly it was all around me,
sneaking up behind,
lunging over my shoulder and
laughing right in my face:
Brace up boy or I’ll blow you down!

Some old-type city slicker
you know that cool
cut-the-corner style.

Then it clicked its heels
(clean as a whistle)
and whoo – it was gone.


Richard Simpson is a freelance writer and journalist, and his poems have appeared in SQ and imPrint magazines. He lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Power Outage – Depressive

R.B. Simpson

Is this a general outage or merely confined to bipolar regions? Suddenly it is midnight at midday.                                                          The meter registers zero and there is no electrochemical technician listed in the Yellow Pages.

You’ve dropped off the grid.

The lift is stuck between floors and the cables are frayed.                 The alarm bell doesn’t work but it’s ringing in your head.

You may be going up or down, either way you’re on your own.        The spark flickers and fades, no one can see you in the dark             and even you don’t know where or who you are.

Manic depressive power surges wreck the system: the sufferer       was born without the contacts to conduct current meaning.

What is this so-called life force then?                                           Chemistry or biology, electricity or eccentricity, science or spirit, mind or matter?

Because even when you long for a complete shut-down,                 even when the mind has lost every last connection to                       the power source, somehow the back-up generator kicks in            and the heart goes on.


Richard Simpson is a freelance writer and journalist, and his poems have appeared in SQ and imPrint magazines. He lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.