Harness the energy in pools
of heated water but do not
the flame until silence burns.
Greet the world with your back
turned and know it is
filled with companions of stone.
Outcasts the soul of blood is full
of riots and dissent
and the spirit of
perfection is a light that wounds.
Beware the high minded and
deformed who gather in doorways
like homeless beings
on the edge of a sudden crowd.
Austin is from New Zealand but has lived in London for many years. Poems appeared in various magazines such as Great Works, Decanto, Neon Highway, Survivors' Poetry, Message in a Bottle, Moodswing, Van Gogh's Ear and others