Raid (i)

night, asleep

after valentines

messaged “night”

he wakes; strange silence

no traffic, just the night bird

drapes back-lit by blues


n.b. NaPoWriMo 2021 Day 7 prompt syallable count forms (i) Shadorma 3/5/3/5/7/5. See below Raid (ii) for an example of (ii) Fibonacci 1/1/2/3/5/8.


CLP 07/04/2021

Raid (ii)



Armed Police!


You! On the stairs – STOP!



n.b. NaPoWriMo 2021 Day Seven prompt: short form syllable-count poems, (ii) Fibonacci 1/1/2/3/5/8

By way of explanation, in the UK it is still remarkable to witness armed police officers going about their work at 02:00hrs on a Valentine’s Day morning.


CLP 07/04/2021

On The Surface


Down by the quayside

where fishermen know to sit

young seal making hay


n.b. I had heard of this young pup’s arrival a week ago and today I saw it surface a few times. Despite the snow in the wind, a woman had taken her coat off to sit on it on the grass embankment and watch the seal diving. It is remarkable how long these creatures can sustain a dive while fishing. It would then pop up its head and have a look around while recharging its lungs. Goodness knows what it finds underwater here, possibly the hire bikes from the city’s first less than secure public cycle scheme of a few years back.

There have been precious few boats on The Broads for over a year and so the river has become a safe navigation for this seal and who knows how many others. It must have found somewhere to rest up too, seals like lolling around on a beach or mudflat for long periods between diving for fish.

Things will change soon, as holidays within the UK become the thing for a while, so these waters will become quite busy, then where will this seal go? Similarly, I wonder how the otters further upstream, even closer to the city centre, will fare.

Nice Work Woody & Johnny


Great to have you back writing in tandem!

Congratulations on being selected for the NaPoWriMo poem / poets of Day 5, 2021.

hallucinated ambush

Press on and don’t spare the horses!


CLP 06/04/2021