Welcome To Visuals and Verbals

Artwork & Writings of John William Brown
Painter, Poet, Dramatist and Performer


Friday, 20 July 2012

ITALIAN JAYA







































i think of you then
much younger than i
and my heavy twenty-nine

i think of you then
when i walked you to work
through the streets of worn camden town

i think of you then
of your walking away
from my solitary street corner shadow


i think of you then
and the limp that you gained
from your failed suicide so well planned

i think of you then
overdosed on pills
and the thoughts that no-one would know

i think of you then
within your dark wood
cheated beneath your death-tree


i think of you then
in a council flat room
your smile you're walking towards me

i think of you then
and your joyful despair
in that seed of love that you gave me

i think of you then
with your mouth full and waiting
to harvest my secret desires


Poem "Italian Jaya" jwb 18 Sept-03 Oct 2010
Pen & ink illustration "Nude - after Modigliani" 13 July 2012

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

BLACK DRAGONFLY












                                                    Illustration 'Black Dragonfly © JWB 2012 

black dragonfly

I saw a black dragonfly in flight yesterday 
today that dragon fly is probably dead

for consumer societies to effectively work
ideas of uniqueness must be corrupted

I saw a black dragonfly    its body dark blue
one grey-white patch on each fine black wing

each societal clone must believe itself special
whilst its creative expression is insidiously eroded

I saw a black dragonfly    completely alone
my awe and awareness    qualitative    pointless

each society member made to feel alienated
will believe it is free making quantitative choices

I saw a black dragonfly     I reached out my hand
I wanted to feel it land on my palm

no one must know that more progress will express
more fear    and defeat    and increased isolation

I reach out my words    want you to touch them
this poem is as dangerous as a black dragonfly

written  03-06 June 2009
Poem 'Black Dragonfly © JWB 2014

Video of jwb reading 'black dragonfly''© JWB 2012 
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JAIPUR SUNSET


JAIPUR SUNSET

a bludgeoning reality
nothing more

dead dogs
divine temples

and

an estranged
attentiveness
in which
exotic memories
were
drawn away

amber fort
wind palace
vivid pollen green
a water palace view

all
brought to nothing
quickly disappearing
into

overcrowded frantic streets
an urban and
bucolic vibrancy
traffic
and colourful clothes

jaipur sunset

bad water

blood on the streets

yesterday
I thought
my heart was opening

today it closed
I made excuses

June 6-7 2005

"Jaipur Sunset" - Oil painting 2005 (c) jwb 2012
"Jaipur Sunset" - Poem (c) jwb 2012 
From the unpublished: “Exile Quartet” 
1972-2008 [Part 4: 'Return to Exile']