on time

clock hands coincide
alcohol, fireworks, bagpipes
relentless orbit

~

n.b. A fleeting moment in the grand scheme of things. Our solar system wheels on through the Universe, no looking back.

~

CLP 01/01/2022

on man

concrete emplacements
promise mutual destruction
official secrets

~

n.b. Cold War relics. Orfordness, Suffolk. Who knew? No surprise a nuclear power plant sprung up nearby. Sizewell C anyone?

CLP 01/01/2022

on time

see how fast they fall
sand grains tumble from the glass
leaving only light

~

n.b. Composed of stardust, we are held here for long as we are remembered, as complete and incomplete as others can recall. We become not what we think of ourselves, but what others think of us.

CLP 31/12/2021

on colour

everything is grey
we negotiate its shades
nothing black or white

~

CLP 30/12/2021

on time

a pang or a pain
a tired ache or under strain
still my beating heart

~

n.b. Life in this old dog yet?

CLP 29/12/2021

on time

final whistle blown
stadium quickly emptied
memories diverge

~

n.b. Twenty thousand people, twenty thousand stories.

~

CLP 27/12/2021

on time

hours spent at a desk
because the balance between
pay and life is wrong

~

CLP 25/12/2021

on space

as I die will I remember
when we were in our teens
walking you home, my bicycle to hand
under a sky so deep
the enormity of creation emphasised
the insignificance of us?

~

CLP 25/12/2021

on time

quickly faster now
hurry up mustn't be late
this is all I have

~

CLP 25/12/2021

magicians

startling trilling song
a pair of wrens exchanging rapidly delivered melodies
the first on buddleja behind the old brick wall
filling the levelled yard with song
opposite the old wharf-side warehouses
its opposite sat bowing the tip of the lone fir
calling up the Sun from behind the wood
clumped along the ridge
where tonight the calls of owls will conjure up the Moon

~

CLP 23/12/2021