Featured Writer: David Ratcliffe

Darkness Claims My Reason

Fear strikes the plaintive heart,
presented in clear view through
shapeless memories, too far to
grasp, too near to ignore.

Like a photograph on a battlefield
I am swept aside, half smiling,
half crazed, totally lost among
the remnants of the gone.

Crisp images punctuate with
immediacy; you breathing in a
vacuum as I catch mine in the
cruellest, yet sweetest of moments.

Flitting into, then out of view; like
Notre Dame you beacon me, yet
veiled by fog you vanish as
gargoyles snigger in the murk.

Glimmer tersely shown, now past,
straining muscles in my mind, your
features diminished, I sigh as
darkness claims my reason.


© David Ratcliffe

DR  About the Author

David Ratcliffe hails from the north of England. He write’s poetry, short stories, song lyrics  & Stage plays. One of his plays ‘Intervention’ is currently with a theatre company in London. He is also a keen painter in both watercolour and oils.

In 2016 poem ‘Home Straight’ was shortlisted in the Fermoy International Poetry Festival Completion. This poem was featured at the festival, displayed in the widow of the local butchers shop.

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4 replies

  1. Thank you and God bless you for sharing your work with us!


  2. Always a pleasure to read your work David. This is concise, clean and strong poetry.


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