All Because – a poem by Paul Waring

All Because

Put to bed any idea
answers to big questions will come –
reward for life spent rooting
through loose change of thought

in wonder at the way
petrified lakes project mountain peaks
add gloss to winter days
imagined only by Brueghel

ponder how moon floodlights
night as salmon chart, part-magnet,
part-vault, pulled home against
the flow, return the same

questions like tide: ones that ask
who we really are and what it all means –
and the answer to why might be


Paul Waring is a retired clinical psychologist from the Wirral. His poems have been widely published in print journals, anthologies and webzines. He was runner-up in the 2019 Yaffle Prize, commended in the 2019 Welshpool Poetry Competition and has a pamphlet ‘Quotidian’ (Yaffle Press, 2019).


  1. Maureen Weldon says:

    A lovely poem. It is always a joy to read your poems, Paul Waring. x


  2. Finola Scott says:

    Oh the salmon!


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