Breath & Shadow

A Journal of Disability Culture and Literature

Fall 2014

Volume 11 Issue 4



Breath and Shadow
  Fall 2014

Volume 11 Issue 4

The Crossing

By Mark Cornell

You no longer want to hold my hand

perched upon a new chapter of your life,

Beaming as you make your stand

you cross the street towards the other side.

With your gold uniform and floppy blue hat

I understand it’s time to say goodbye,

I waddle behind you carrying your huge bag

below the chalk moon Summer sky.

I say to you always feel free,

to ask questions, help is always close by.

We walk through the gates busy

with children’s games and adult flight.

I hesitate but you just choof along

Have I lost the wonder for life’s song ?

Sixties music blares from the speakers

joyous soundtrack to my childhood repeats.

I help you find your name to put your bag away

kiss your golden hair tell you to have a good day,

your closest mate who counted the sleeps

little chin starts to shake but doesn’t weep.

His Dad asks me how I am, good I bleat out

while my eyes stare down at the grey asphalt.

Your blue eyes tell me your ok

I wave goodbye and turn away,

to march through the stilled roads

and echoing hollows to home.

Time; Merciless and Steamrolling

Grounds dry our brief daydreaming.

Sixties music blares from the speakers

joyous soundtrack to my childhood repeats.

Wind Gifts

By Mark Cornell

Moonlight straddles the edge

of the dark peninsula,

curling ribbons of white

swell to break this leaden darkness.

Waxing winds coil through

the shattered shore stones, hissing

tidal songs coldly brew

behind our glowing faces leaning

for relief into the flaring hearth;

whistling tunes flow from our thawing hearts.

Mark Cornell is of Irish ancestry. As a child, he grew up listening to stories; either in the form of tall tales told by his extended family or the lyrics of his favorite songs on the radio. He started writing poems at 17. He has traveled to Ireland twice and on one of these visits was married to Kimberly in Dublin. Mark took family leave for three years to look after their son, Thomas, and now works as a conciliator with consumer affairs.

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