On The Road To The Isles – reposting





Numbed by this alien terrain,

where truth spells a montony

of rain, we ride entombed


towards our Shangri-La.


Each fresh horizon

taunts the tired eye,

echoes the fretful sense


of hours gone by.


A weariness pervades

this no-man’s land.




Go West young man!

We make our final fling –


turning to be embraced

by fire. The mist resorbed,

light’s pan-theophany


revives a blighted mind.


Rainbows and thunderfall engrave

their echoes on the boundary

of our wonderment, refresh


a dormant sense.

The sky line seethes –

sun sanctified.




White, searing, the unseen sun

burns from the core

of mountains, transforms


a shroud of haze

into a panoply of light.

Rocks swallowed by, still seize


upon this shimmering –

a spectral residue

of more torrential times.




Malcolm Evison



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Magic & High Court rulings


Just recovered this (poetic) tirade amongst some old working drafts ….

Listening to Archie Shepp ‘The Magic of Ju-Ju’

( a response after hearing news of Tory High Court clampdown

on CWU right to strike}


the rage and fury bursts

straight through my anger

diverts my impotent rage

grants a directional force


the struggle continues

as more is stolen

from the poorest

their power and pride


screams out


malcolm evison

12 October 2017


My draft poem’Towards an Autocratic State’ was also a response to the same court ruling:

See: http://malsfactory.blogspot.com/2017/10/towards-autocratic-state-poem-impromptu.html

Or: https://hirsutemal.wordpress.com/2017/10/13/impromptu-response-to-a-high-court-injunction-against-th-cwu-a-poem/

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Mounds Mystery – illustrated poem

Mounds Mystery illustrated

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not waiting but sounding


We don’t wait, we wonder

if now is the time

for songs to flow –

strive to illuminate

the process of the mind.


We don’t write, we struggle

with unresolved dilemmas

from a troubled time.

Snatching the fevered line

out of a verbal stream.


We capture sprats from our

sense saturated scheme

of things, our thoughts

inscribed by rumours

of some impenetrable theme.


Our words may seldom praise, although

their aim is affirmation –

our images may never raise

the hopes of those who know

and share our fears.


Often we take the bait

our tamed imagination feeds us –

swallowing dreams, regurgitating

woes. We seldom wait, we wander


out into the unknown.



                       Malcolm Evison

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Be more precise, sustain

these frequent lapses into sanity –

pronounce your arguments

with pure audacity. Explain


the cause of your temerity,

Bring me a fantasy which bares

a greater quotient of reality.


I yield, although I should not,

You wield

the greater power, but would not


always share. Tear me

away from light, remind me

of that lurking fear


of demons in the night.




Malcolm Evison

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Mounds Mystery

Mounds Mystery - working draft

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Words Fail – A Fell Revisited

Words Fail

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