Jack and Back When I was young I Yearned to be Jack Out on the road Not looking back I did that for years Travelling on Heedless of others Sine qua non I walked across countries My pack on my back Thinking of nothing but Being like Jack I drank all the drinks And took all the drugs I had all the sex and Danced all the clubs Friendships were instant Felt deep and sincere But something was missing Life too austere Then I looked at the void And the void looked back I knew change was needed I couldn't stay Jack Everyone's youth is A journey of sorts How you perceive it Determines your course I left Jack behind And now have a home Two children, a job, But I still want to roam I satisfy that with Writing and wine It's no life for Jack But I'm happy it's mine.
Remain the hook and barb the bite the gentle latch the catch and hold the itch the pleasant scratch within the mind or out it can take place and trap or keep beyond the mental space the sacrifice the pain the gentle bite the dreadful itch the barb and hook the fight stay where you are and learn to love the pain or change and move the better to remain
Jane Sherning Warren lives and works in Tamaki Makaurau, Aotearoa. She is a short film maker, short story writer and poet. All four of her films have been shown in international festivals, and she’s had several stories and poems published and has been shortlisted for an international award.