I see him in his robes in his roles
Seeing the red nightingale in his dull clothes –
To awaken his hungering, his sharp ear
In his daydream. He crosses the night
Through his realm; the air, his kingdom
While the blackberried sparrows
Are just simple Simons.
He contemplates their baseness
Tripping along each of life’s rails
This nightingale finds a lark
A new realm is born of two.
His song will be heard again
Jonathan Beale’s work has appeared regularly in DM, Decanto, Penwood Review, The Screech Owl, DM du Jour, Poetic Diversity, and also; Voices of Israel in English, MiracleEzine, Voices of Hellenism Literary Journal, The Journal, Ink Sweat & Tears, Down in the Dirt, & (Drowning: Down in the Dirt July 13) The English Chicago Review, Mad Swirl, Poetry Cornwall, Leaves of Ink, Ariadne’s Thread, Bijou Poetry Review, Calvary Cross, Deadsnakes Review, The Bitchin Kitsch, The Dawntreader, I am not a Silent Poet, Pyrokinection, Festival of Language, ‘Don’t Be Afraid: An Anthology to Seamus Heaney’ and Ygdrasil. He was commended in Decanto’s and Café writers Poetry Competitions 2012. He is currently at work on a collection for Hammer & Anvil Books. Jon studied philosophy at Birkbeck College London and lives in Surrey England.