STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT, By Les Bush

 

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I am neither “normal” or “ordinary”; these words do not, 

cannot apply to either you or me. We are special; extraordinary.

Combination of genetics, experience and perception;

we become our own galaxy, in a social universe.

Obey rules? Why not? Lubricates social intercourse.

As for our raison d’etre, motives; source of being:

can you fully understand why, how or when

you do things? I do not. Conformity is deeply engrained;

ruthlessly imposed. Is the real “me”, the real “you”

rough diamond like, obscured in the wreckage?

Waiting to be found, chipped at and polished

by conflict, confrontation, consultation or confusion?

History is shaped, defined in the aftermath;

peppered by fragments of self-justification and myth.

Follow your beliefs, gut feeling; take a leap of faith;

plough on regardless? Is it all the same?

Questions! Questions beget questions,

some masquerade as answers.

How quickly their form, content and focus can change.

A function of time, experience and aging? Perchance.

I am neither “normal” or “ordinary” (captive words),

matter and energy bound in flesh.

I walk this world a stranger, no different from the rest.

A dance, masquerade; a plant reaching for the light;

even when all seems dark, I have my own insight.

Impartial? No. Incomplete? Without a doubt.

So, hail stranger (or is it friend), when we meet,

what do we exchange? Our uniqueness,

our common longing to be loved, accepted and valued;

a resilient strain of rebelliousness?

Love me, hate me. Do what you might.

We are connected: strangers in the night

Les Bush

19 October 2013

 

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About Daniel Kemp

Daniel Kemp, ex-London police officer, mini-cab business owner, pub tenant and licensed London taxi driver never planned to be a writer, but after his first novel —The Desolate Garden — was under a paid option to become a $30 million film for five years until distribution became an insurmountable problem for the production company what else could he do? Nowadays he is a prolific storyteller, and although it’s true to say that he mainly concentrates on what he knows most about; murders laced by the intrigue involving spies, his diverse experience of life shows in the short stories he compiles both for adults and children. He is the recipient of rave reviews from a prestigious Manhattan publication, been described as —the new Graham Green — by a managerial employee of Waterstones Books, for whom he did a countrywide tour of signing events, and he has appeared on ‘live' television.
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