Poems by DJ Tyrer



DJ Tyrer is the person behind Atlantean Publishing, and has been published in issues of California Quarterly, Carillon, Haiku Journal, The Pen, and Tigershark, and online at Atlas Poetica, Bindweed, Poetry Pacific, and Scarlet Leaf Review, as well as releasing several chapbooks, including the critically acclaimed Our Story. The echapbook One Vision is available from Tigershark Publishing’s website. SuperTrump and A Wuhan Whodunnit are available to download from the Atlantean Publishing website. DJ Tyrer’s website is at https://djtyrer.blogspot.co.uk/ and the Atlantean Publishing website is at https://atlanteanpublishing.wordpress.com/




Easy to judge

To say “Throw it away”

And, sometimes it’s true

When compulsion collects true junk

Broken objects of no sentimental value

Or, the millionth used envelope

Saved as scrap-paper

By someone who hardly ever writes notes

But, more often

Amongst the clutter is concealed

The meaning and memory of a lifetime

Little parts of the person

That cannot easily be tossed away

And, which detractors

Cannot comprehend

So that their words are like daggers

Stabbing at the soul

They might as well suggest

Giving away your baby

Because it takes up room

The truth is, such clutter

Is as dear to them as life itself


© DJ Tyrer

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Slowly, your body is giving out on you. Even as your cells divide, rejoicing in novelty, copying errors occur that undermine your very existence. Every breath of vital air is lethal. Inherent in life is death, decay. The progress towards your physical peak is merely a prelude to physical collapse. Even before old age sets in, you are declining, weakening, dying. The very body on which you depend, you, is betraying you. Unnoticed, at first, then inescapable. The end approaches in the blink of the universe’s eye. Then, you decay away to nothing, as if you never were. Betrayed. Finished.




© DJ Tyrer

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