Jonathan Beale ~ The White Tomb

Vaguely reflecting some light of the day
and some life
The sallow marble amongst the water’s reflection

“You block my light” thinking of ‘how
I consider how my light is spent.’
How is this light
– what is this light
– what is this light?

The usual grey: just shows life “as is”
the good, bad, right & wrong
“Grey is all; all are grey.
We fumble along in our grey existence.”

Waters of reflection.
The broken idols, idols – Men war: women repair

Marbling surface of the white stone and water’s edge.
Show no history nor remorse

Energies spent unwisely are not spent at all
Found nowhere just forgotten

The white tomb remembers – those wonders
That presence of life can muster.


Jonathan Beale’s work has appeared regularly in DM, Decanto, Penwood Review, The Screech Owl, Poetic Diversity, Voices of Israel in English, MiracleEzine, Voices of Hellenism Literary Journal, The Journal, Ink Sweat & Tears, Down in the Dirt, The English Chicago Review, Mad Swirl, Poetry Cornwall, and Ariadne’s Thread. He was commended in Decanto’s and Café Writers Poetry Competitions 2012. He currently works in mental health in South West London. He studied philosophy at Birkbeck College London. He lives in Surrey England.



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