on time

callers would call by
she wanted no ties
a younger man would love her
then think she was his

you can call by, she'd say
whenever you want
but I only have callers
no one owns me

then she met him
with his travelling guitar
his once fair long hair
had long since gone grey

the twinkle he carried
in his guitar case
attracted young women
no strings attached

the two of them met
she said something clicked
she, career bar woman
he, guitar man

callers went packing
young women sent back
these two had four years
before slowly he died

four years of true loving
was what they had
the love of her life
she was grateful for that

~

n.b. Everyone has a story. I heard this one recently. Deeply moved by it, I was.

CLP 01/12/2022

on time

She knows what she wants
She's learning how to get it

It's not his job to tell her
Not his job to show her

If he does, what will he learn?
What will he lose?

~

CLP 30/11/2022

on Ukraine

heart of ice
winter cannot be colder
rain made of metal

~

CLP 30/11/2022

on time

swimming in rivers
heart shakes, shock of cold water
alive, alive, oh!

~

n.b. For The Broads of the Broads, wild swimmers.

CLP 30/11/2022

on time

you, obviously
in such a rush to undress
I found a button

~

CLP 30/11/2022

on Ukraine

man angry after
the great humilation
no one must mock him

~

n.b. It was his, then he lost it, so he smashes it. No one can enjoy Kherson, if he cannot. Man, or toddler?

Moscow, you are proud to be led by such a creature?

CLP 29/11/2022

on Time

Shanghai
BLM, Ukraine
women of Iran, China
...refuse to be slaves

~

n.b. The national anthem of The People’s Republic of China contains the line;

“Rise up those who refuse to be slaves”

Being brought up in England, where the national anthem, unusually, is about a person, not the nation, I have not had much time for national anthems, but the anthem of the PRC, as reported in The Guardian newspaper, has a line that I would happily sing.

It appears that the people of China have taken the words to heart. After nearly THREE YEARS of the Zero Covid policy some have had enough.

“…you may fool people for a time, you can fool part of the people all the time, but you can’t fool all the people all the time.”

Abraham Lincoln said that.

Enough is enough.

CLP 28/11/2022

on Ukraine

heavy rain persists
uninhabitable land
a name on a map

~

n.b. Kherson. Is that all?

CLP 27/11/2022

on time

then it's yesterday
chronology fractured clips
sense of order smeared

~

CLP 27/11/2022

on time

do you know how long
it takes until your scent fades
the taste of you dulls?

~

CLP 27/11/2022