Daily Reports – China – 13th of April 2015

October 1, 2015



Filled the kettle but forgot to turn it on.

Forgot I was even making tea.



So many languages half learnt. Even my own.

Still trying to find the right words.



All the things waiting on my bed and sofa.

I just keep sitting.




The Fixer

September 24, 2015

Electric kettle was on all night

now the tea tastes like metal.

Add some extra sugar.

Computer won’t charge

so now I’m on my phone

staring through a tiny window to the world.

Back’s sore from yesterday-

it’ll need a stretch.

Lost my key, but a new one’s just a dollar.

Looking around I realise

there’s a solution to all my problems.

Keep searching.

One day I’ll find something

that I just can’t fix.


AJG – 13/04/15


Reports – China – 9/4/2015

September 23, 2015

A long time in between posts. Been settling into another country and compiling my poetry from Central America/Thailand/Japan into a collection. I am going to start up my daily poetic reports from my new home in China.

Here are some from 09/04/15…back in April!


The eleven foot curtain heaves against the desk.

It puffs out its chest as much as I’d like to.

I take a deep breathe but it falls short or shallow

one of those, either way not enough. Less than I’d like.

More than I need. Less than I want and can get.

More than I deserve, I suppose. Probably like that

for all of us and everything.


Want to go out but

no one to talk to and nowhere to go

forced back to writing.


Leaning over the railing six floors up

leaves hold palms up to catch me

so tempted just to see how they’d feel

and the fullness of the air as well

breezing as I flew past

too excited I have to pull back

forgetting the ground




A Part Of It All

January 15, 2015

Blue skies from sci-fi epics.

Clouds stationary battleships

no attacks in sight.

The sun a bathing god

reclining in all its power.

Absorb its light and ride along

neck bent to witness it all.

The story has just begun.

Bubbles rise up inside

bursting and popping excitedly

as I realise

I am a part of this all.




I Am Charlie

January 8, 2015

Life was there

standing before them


with weapons they drew

AKs, guns, everything

so much power

and still they couldn’t speak

no matter what noise they made

just dripping red

red red red ink

enough ink that we couldn’t hear it

enough that we know


that all we could hear

was the silence they made

and how loud

through all of the silence

they had made us.


Last Night in Manila

November 13, 2014

Bus trip, shower and shave.

The night is paved with possibilities.

Jeepneys march on and taxis prowl.

Rum and wine are poured.

A breeze brushes hair

the humidity is moved along unwillingly.

It’ll be back but tonight we have reprieve.

With only hours left and the only relief

for our expectations is to leave everything here

money, courtesy, friends, foes, ladyboys,

nightcrawlers, dignity and memories,

Manila, they’re yours.





October 23, 2014

Camera 360

The history is told translated in brochures.

Castle walls reconstructed. Insides redesigned.

The old foreman Murasawa retained.

He looks across, a face of anger or agony

scabbard lofted defiantly impotent

frozen in brass.

The war in Osaka is a thousand years done.

So too is the urgency. Sandbags heaped

waiting for workers who heed no whip.

Whose motivation holds only

by spiderweb threads of duty

they can neither see or explain but

are helpless not to be pulled along by.

They take pride in the deeds of the dead.

Of those in graves that might have been their own

if there were any noble wars or ever were.

The only fight left is to keep the memory alive

that their ancestors had greatness.

Cup this candle with their hands

so that somewhere down the line of their kin

this spark may ignite once more.





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