Another Red Shower


The red shower, replete with fire and acid,
Flings shouts re-echoing ivy-spun corridors;
Here and there the hint of a word, a name,
Merges into intricate interlacing brickwork,

All and every day sauntering on in guessment;
Fearful since weaned on uninvited comeuppances.
Apothegm then: to overcome or else be overcome,
So prefers the verges, avoids the meanstream.

A captious catch-as-catch-can exploration;
Sifts the process, pauses, rescinds, deletes.
Hesitant to join the game even at novice level
Yet caught out red handed peeking nonetheless.

About Ben Naga

The Spirit that graces me with its passing has no name and stems not from thoughts and words, though it gathers them up as it flows, but from feeling.

Posted on November 2, 2014, in Poetry and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Stepping out on faith or stay huddle in fear. Creatively expressed, Ben.

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  2. What I get out of this is the portrait of someone who is
    “Fearful since weaned on uninvited comeuppances,”
    but joins the game anyway by peeking.
    Hard to avoid a good time when the evening is growing dark and the biggest kid has just kicked the can and run off chortling into the neighborhood’s shadows. Even if you know, just know, things can, and often do, go wrong, and you end up “it,” and there’s no end to missing shadows that lurch suddenly out of the dark and kick the can again and leave you dealing with the aftermath of their chortles.

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    • Yes, I think you get the gist of it. All of us are sparks in an overall red shower. You asked me recently whether I had read “Love Respelt”. I have managed to get hold of a copy and have decided on a project. I intent to write a series of poems in which each is in some way inspired or influenced by one of those in “Love Respelt”. “Another Red Shower” is the first fruit of this project and I have made a start on the second. Watch this space. 🙂


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