The Silver Hooves

The Silver Hooves is the second volume is a five series collection of selected verse by Shänne Sands.

Other volumes are:

Fidelity is for Swans

Moonlight on Words

Night Song

Fragments of Desire




      • Publisher : Footsteps Press (February 28, 2012)
      • Language : English
      • Paperback : 42 pages
      • ISBN-13 : 978-0956634979
      • Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches

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You Would Understand Why


You would understand why -
Why lilac and Chopin go together -
Just before spring or after winter’s
Retreat back into the earth -
Our beginning and our end -

You would understand this –
This sudden sadness and lack of will –
When my body feels full-up with stones –
The bricks and mortar of a soul
Heavy with old places and faces
Not to be loved again –

You would understand how –
How to fly across the rain
To a burning sun –
How to laugh wine out of green bottles
And break glasses into thousands
And thousands of happy pieces.

You would understand now –
All you refused to need before –
Before the floors were swept
With new bright brooms and our rooms
Were changed, our furniture sold
And out hearts broken because hearts
Always break –

Now it’s almost lilac time
The pubs are closed till ‘opening time’ –
‘Our’ books are waiting to be written –
Beneath this smile there’s a scar –

You would understand – the importance,
The importance of ‘emotional pens’
Lilac and Chopin before love-making
Or after a long journey and sleep –
Quick as a flash a fast car
Passes the window
Quick as a flash time leaves us old –

Midwest book Reviews
A real poet by John Taylor
"We collect our thoughts, and it may be some time before we let it all be known. "Fidelity is for Swans" is a memoir from Shanne Sands as she puts forth her experience in other forms of writing to create a more comprehensive work of poetry. A strong addition to any literary poetry collection, "Fidelity is for Swans" is a fine and much recommended pick."