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16 October 2014
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Alan Crawford
Alan Crawford

Alan Crawford was born in Glasgow and moved to Belfast with his family three years later. He studied English Literature and Film in London and Belfast. After graduating, Alan took himself off to the "land of the free, home of the brave", and for the next several years he had great adventures working throughout America. Alan returned home just before the year 2000 to find Jo, his true muse whom he fell in love with and married in 2002.

I Could Ask by Alan Crawford

I could ask the earth
To form its children of clouds
Into a train, whimsically breathing
Each exclamation of smoke upon your
Cast iron rails, exact as musical notes.

I could ask the water
To form its brood of waves
Into a liquid hand, searching
Each ripple of your depths
To reflect your intrigue,
Essential as mystery.

I could ask the fire
To form its family of flames
Into eager eyes; pupils of the soul
Burning your trees of memory into ashes,
As scattered as my thoughts which multiply
Your shades of grey now equal to confusion.

I could ask your arms to open for mine
But I know that I would be asking too much.


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