Robin Ouzman Hislop
Robin Ouzman Hislop was born in the United Kingdom and has also lived in Scotland, Scandinavia, The East
and Spain. He now lives in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK. His work has appeared in Dawn
Millennium Anthology and Crystal Dawn Anthology published by Kedco Studios. His
anthology After the Cave the Comet appeared in 2004. He started as a resident poet with
Poetry Life &Times in January 2005 and took over its editorship together with Spanish
poetess Amparo Arrospide from Sara Russell in May 2006.
i have not seen yet
fullest flowering of your face
where my heart waits
that mystery of your grace
to have heard on the waters
you weep & know
beyond the veil of tears,
yet more exalted spheres
here still the serpent sun
the moon & the womb
the diamond diadem
& glittering ocean
on the waves on moirai
& breath of mnemosyne
Dream of Uroborus
The deluge will come,
warm waters will lap at your home,
the plague will increase
& we creatures will perish.
The meiotic dance
in our speciation
could have been a trance
not a deception,
biophylia in the masque of eros
in life after estrus.
Evolution doesn't say
& perhaps on another day
it's androgynous anyway.
& we'll sequence the genome
again, in trans-genderey,
at the end of the century,
a new human womb
in the womb of time,
or will we start it all over again,
from homo sapien to homo rapien!
Talking heads loom, expert
in this, authority on that,
profession, specialisation, prophet
in this, last word on that, then fit
into the screen, focus the information,
take it down, you are now one of them.
The crowd is full of strays
being sent home
embedded in the grain.
& all stories are the same
swallowing themselves like Uroborus,
who in its own dream disappears,
only to appear again.
human being, your lives, so little
for your tragedies so great,
ravelled in the shrouds of nyx
& fatal twins thanatos & hypnosis,
where ever lost you yet acclaim
if not second to none, the next best.
to what mocking echo, pitiful fall
your triumphant aspirations,
but soft ye now, nyx whispers
in hypnosis’s ear that morpheus appear
on the waters of the night.
where the architect of tomorrow
usurps no more what potion
morpheus drops upon an eyelid.
or what monster might rear or nightmare
demeter in the womb of night, nyx
her embrace suckled on each breast,
born of the serpent, twins of the beast
or how she may come or what chariot,
yet the clarion or what hour!
I should go on down the dales
to the Palace of Rhiannon
by the Caers, misty isles
you see, as though at sea.
A place of memory, the Sidhi,
under the silver moon's
starry wheel of heaven.
A myriad jewel, a peacock's fan,
A tiara on a diadem arisen
in the silver shimmering night.
But here at the lagoon
are peril, dread & doom.
A frond more perfect than the abysm
with cold waters darker than light,
where not even the moon appears
to shift its depths wherein sky shivers.
Embraced in a silver circle alone,
an oracle more brittle than bone
or wind-lashed skin naked drawn,
all who enter here none return.