Jonathan Steffen

Hearses

Like regrets drifting through consciousness,
They glide through the streets of our cities,
Untouchably themselves,
Silently intent on their purpose,
Counting eternities with each corner they turn.
Belonging to no time or place,
They appear in our hearts,
Offering up the flowers we never sent
And the words we never spoke,
Only to disappear once more
Into the great flow of life
And the great flow of death.
I wonder what obsequies
Are spoken over them
When they at last
Reach the end of their own road,
These discreet and faithful guardians
Of all that we have failed to be?

A graduate of King’s College, Cambridge. On graduating , he was awarded a Harper-Wood Travelling Studentship for English Poetry and Literature by St John’s College, Cambridge. His recent publications include The Colour of Love (Acumen Publications, 2011) and Exposure (Falcon Editions, 2012). 
Jonathan is fluent in German and French, and translates from both languages.