wordsout from Cafe Church poems by Charles Jobson   home

City of the lonely heart

A cool blue hue of water,

stocky boats drifting,

but nobody to take charge,

to guide the way.


Red pantile roofs

basking under a baking sun,

identical in colour

but very different inside.


Two majestic towers

missing their prince or bishop

light flooding through

to an empty space.


One day, perhaps,

footsteps will resound

on the deserted pavements,

warm the desolate stones.


One of a set of four poems written in response to paintings at the BEAT (Borough of Ealing Art Trail) exhibit at St John's Church, Ealing in September 2017.

The painting is untitled, by the artist Alicia Kotlarz.