Audience of One

  She plays to an audience of one, battered fingers repeating notes that remind her of the summer rain (la lluvia de verano), that fell in arpeggios on the courtyard where the jasmin bloomed.   Gone are the flowers (all the colour), yet their perfume lingers in the bedsheets where she surrendered to his overtures, the … Continue reading Audience of One


There is no summer across the swollen sea, just the cold, distant sun-- an unfathomable loneliness between the sky and waves, a wind-blown expressway for travellers lonely, soaring, clipping currents on giant wings, no reason or rhyme for these mariners of ancient time, soaring with the grace and beauty of a million generations-- voyagers of the endless sea. (c) Darren Hawbrook *** Unfortunately, … Continue reading Albatross

Music of the Spheres

The lights first appeared on the summer solstice, hovering above the quiet moor. People clamoured to explain their existence: Scientists; witches; religious fanatics; others spoke of visitors from beyond the stars. Some issued them names, occultist monikers born in other tongues and dimensions. They shed their clothes and danced to hail the return of their … Continue reading Music of the Spheres

The Crystal Palace (Snow Kingdom part 2)

The Crystal Palace Palace of the wilderness, such marvel to behold, enraptured by the elegance of this beacon in the cold; Children of the midnight sun to whom hope forever clings, abandoned here in fractal time on flightless, palsied wings. Amidst this frosty wilderness we came upon a palace of ruined spires and sunken domes … Continue reading The Crystal Palace (Snow Kingdom part 2)

The Snow Kingdom (part 1)

The Snow Kingdom Peaks of ice-capped mountains in the distance slowly climb, long ago the winter came, gripped this land for all of time. Frozen wastelands bordered by an endless sea of ice, Serene, bewitching, guileless climes beneath cold-blooded skies.   'We wandered through this alien landscape, unaware of how we came to be here. It's cold, … Continue reading The Snow Kingdom (part 1)