on Ukraine

step by marching step
three hundred thousand alerted
old lines reappear

~

n.b. Who was it said, “Give peace a chance”? It was internal opposition to USA support for South Vietnam that contributed significantly to the end of that conflict. Will this only end when Russians turn on Putin?

Meanwhile NATO calls its troops to “Attention!” on Day 125 of this war.

CLP 28/06/2022

on Ukraine

glow over city
nothing to worry us here
blood-red sunset

~

n.b. The world spins on as if nothing is happening.

CLP 27/06/2022

on the beach

down to the seaside
ice lollies, buckets and spades?
nowt but a dumb flag

~

CLP 26/06/2022

on time

Yes, I was on time
As were you, as we agreed
and then it was late

~

n.b. Where does it go?

CLP 26/06/2022

on Ukraine

two helicopters
chop, chop across the city
no longer pretence

~

n.b. Chinooks over Norwich? Where will the line be drawn?

CLP 25/06/2022

on summer

talk of clear blue sky
and here it is, like crystal
devoid of hirundines

~

n.b. Where are the swallows, martins and swifts? I was lucky enough to hear their familiar squeals, then count seven swifts later this evening, but not a swallow or martin, above the houses, or down by the lakeside earlier.

CLP 24/06/2022

Contactless / Miradas-19

A pamphlet containing five of my poems from the first Covid-19 UK lockdown has been published in the ‘Unmasked Writings’ series by Egg Box Publishing of Norwich.

The experiences of those days seem quite distant now. Having WordPress and you, its lovely online readers and writers, was a central part of the experience and crucial to me being able to maintain perspective. The poems in the collection are hereby dedicated to each of you who has ever read, liked, or commented on my posts. Thank you for being out there.

Alongside a prose poem by André P Hughes, the five poems I wrote in this short collection, appear with beautiful Spanish translations by Aida López Milán. If you would like a copy, please order from Egg Box Publishing:

https://www.eggboxpublishing.com/product-page/unmasked-writings-5-contactless

The publisher is a non-profit organisation linked to the University of East Anglia, all proceeds go into publishing new writers’ work…but not to the writers.

CLP. 23/06/2022

on light

this our stage backlit
from hereon in 'tis Summer
flowers turn to fruit

~

CLP 22/06/2022

on light

all you can muster
from heaven, Earth and water
celestial blue

~

CLP 21/06/2022

on time

light fills June's night sky
we swing toward the Solstice
gratitude in hearts

~

CLP 20/06/2022