#SunsetsForKate Forming


#SunsetsForKate Forming


Sunsets for Kate


By the way

As we peer over the clothes-line

At the end of the day.

Soft sheets

And towels heavy

What sublime scene greets?

Us in a bevy

Of cloud-textured skies

After a day of tries

And mundane chores

This vista becomes yours

And my splendid scene.

The promising light

Frames silhouetted day

Warming our dreams

Among the fray.

Sunsets for Kate

Stay with us yet

Until time itself

Is ready to set.


Simon C.J. Falk 5 February 2018



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Life Unfolds in Paradoxical Ways

Life Unfolds in Paradoxical Ways


Our life unfolds

In a paradoxical way,

Of light and shadow,

Of night and day,

Of invigorating acts,

Or a drudgery fray.

At times, we are glad,

At others, become sad.

Some days we feel lucid,

And others, going mad,

But the colours and shades,

And rhythms of days,

Are formative of us

In so many ways.

As we learn patience,

And some self-control,

We discover what gives life,

What exacts a toll.

We look on our lives

As admixture of things,

When our voice seems so flat,

When, on occasions, it sings.

I embrace now my life,

In its paradoxical way,

With light following night,

And shade following day.


Simon C.J. Falk 20 June 2017IMG_0369

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#Light and #Peace

Light and Peace


at first.

It flickers

at intervals.

We think,

or agonise,


it has gone



we each have

a light.

It shines in us


out of us.

When we embrace

the light,

hold it,

its rays


and refract

through the dark


of our being.

Because we see

that light,

and our darkness,

we bear

an illumining


to sense

the light

and darkness

in each other.

And so

the light

in me

sees the light

in you,

and through

the marvellous


we then renew.

That light looks:

Like coins cascading

in a tip tray

on a barista’s bad day.

Like the firm arm

around the flailing swimmer

writhing in a rip,

while the other arm

cuts the breakers

towards the steady shore.

Like the college mate

sitting on a step,

to read the essay

of his neighbour,

Who’d come abroad

only six months

before that day.

Like the devoted spouse

visiting daily

the love of their life,

who no longer

recognises the face

before their own eyes.

We see

the light

the dark,

in each other’s heart,


in that light,


we find peace.



Simon C.J. Falk 4 February 2017

Betwixt the Between

Betwixt the Between


We all know the frustration of not living up to the standards we would wish for.  The lines below point to, and wrestle with, the paradoxes of our lives.  Some say, especially those looking to Jungian writings, that we cannot accept paradox until we come to the second half of our life.  In my own Christian Tradition, the Apostle Paul, lamented that he did not do what he wished, but did what he did not want.  These words are for all of us who feel the exasperation of the times we just don’t believe we measure up.  To be taken, of course, with a good laugh!


Hot and cold

Driven and despondent

Loving and lustful

Peaceful and agitated

Tender and aggressive

Committed and scatty

Centred and distracted.

Our seesaw




We step




Our lives are

A collection

Or scattering

Of opposites




Integrity and hypocrisy

Stamina and inconstancy.

We are absolutely relative


Relatively absolute!

Betwixt the between.

Splinter in another’s eyes

Plank in our own.




Oh how we wish

It were not so!


We stray


We re-join

The path.

Knowing others


With us

Beside us


Rise with us

And step on.

Many have gone

Before us

Gaining great ground

And falling











From their heights

Of self righteousness.


By who

We are

In our imperfect paradox

We begin to behold

Where our shadow

Adds tones

To the refraction

Of our light

Not condemning us

But refining the consistency

Of a beautiful brokenness

An artwork emerging.

Simon C.J. Falk 15 June 2015

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