Other Poems by:

Johnmichael Simon

Bat Dreams

We fly in dreams
and urge to roam
waken on tepid nights
when Christmas beetles
crawl, Cicadas sing
and vagrant bats
vanish and re-appear
between the shadows
of the mulberry leaves
and the diminishing eaves
of crouching rooftops

We soar into the
crescent moon
pale as a sleeping brook
draw lines of spangles
over empty highways
spread wings over continents
span silver wishes, drink time
like a white river
rushing to dawns end

How thin the membrane
that cuts thoughts
into what men think exists
and what bats sense
on their screens
a shimmering world of sound
and the ache to roam
oh the ache to roam
through the silken web
that ties the sky to the ground

And plunge helter-skelter
into a well of silence
like a black hole of knowing
roaming the byways
of a bat's imagination
the most exquisite
freedom there is

Watching Trains

A Swiss watch
opens itself curiously
going round
circles against circles
teeth against each other
an almost silent
encyclopedia of dance
in little bites,
little bites
rings inside rings

like a toyshop,
a train passing a siding
again and again
and a small body
glued to carpet
elbows propping chin
counting the seconds
in hundreds
hundreds and thousands
until closing time
pulls him away

Bio (auto):

Born in England, Simon grew up in South Africa from the age of ten. He has resided 
mostly in Israel since age twenty. He lives in Mevaseret Zion, a suburb in the hilly 
area surrounding Jerusalem. Simon was the winner of the Reuben Rose 15th Annual 
Poetry Competition, sponsored by the Voices Israel Group of Poets in English for 
his poem "To Hold the Notes" and his poems have won commended status in both the 
Tom Reid and Margaret Reid competitions. His work has been published in various 
internet publications including: Meeting of the Minds Journal, The Poetry Victims, 
The Coffee Press Journal, The Other Voices International Project, Literari Magazine, 
Voices Israel poetry anthology, Boheme Magazine, Manifold Magazine, and Harvest 
International. He is a member of the Voices Israel Poetry Society.

The Previous works are Copyright  2005, and owned by Johnmichael Simon and may not 
be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the 
author.


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