Westerly

Fast runs the West Wind

Clouds straggle, trees pulled east

Umbrellas useless

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n.b. Wrap up. Storm Dennis gathers strength as it approaches land.

“Umbrella” is rooted in Latin and the word for shade. This should make it clear that this implement is more of a shade than a shield. It is suitable for light rain in light breeze, not torrential downpours in Atlantic gales.

Best to get a decent bonnet for Storm Dennis and its followers.

CLP 14/02/2020

Fiddling

Following on

From her predecessors

Ciara tore through the land

Downed trees

Drowned rivers

Humbled the best efforts of man

To restrain her fury

Uncontainably

She span on

Leaving them to continue their lives

Unsustainably

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n.b. We recently held a General Election in the UK where the debate was all about trading and political arrangements with our neighbouring countries. Given the destruction one storm can foist on the nation in less than 48 hours it is clear that we have been barking up the wrong downed tree.

CLP 10/02/2020

Open Plan Living

Homes built to protect

From nature’s extremes hold us

Safe as prisoners

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n.b. Realisation that we are in climate crisis has dawned fastest amongst those who live exposed to nature. Its worst manifestations affect the lives of our poorest and most remote communities first and hardest.

Those of us wealthy enough to close our doors and windows to weather, rich enough to produce artificial climates through air-conditioning systems, privileged enough to fly around the world avoiding rising seas and flooding rivers, are now learning that each step we have taken away from living within the complexity of nature, its inconveniences and discomforts, has led us deeper into a cul-de-sac of technology that reinforces the divide between Earth and humankind.

How can we row back when the tide is against us?

Can we start by stepping out and letting nature embrace us, perhaps? I offer you the following link to a simple haiku that celebrates living in nature…”open to anything” by a writer of rare talent.

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CLP 19/01/2020

Deep Pressure

Brendan

Storms the land

Howls through the night

Beyond the hedges

Through the woods

Tree branches clatter

Without leaves to soften the blows

The stove sputters

As the gasps of the gale

Suck air from its lungs

And from mine

As I lie listening

In wonder

That through it all

In this demonic raging

I hear the owls

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n.b. Storm Brendan, the latest incoming winter storm off the Atlantic, named by the Irish meteorological service.

CLP 13/01/2020

On Guard

Absolute madness

Police in UK list XR

As extremist group

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n.b. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jan/10/xr-extinction-rebellion-listed-extremist-ideology-police-prevent-scheme-guidance

The non-violent climate activist movement Extinction Rebellion (XR) is open to all members of the public. School teachers are being briefed on how to spot XR extremism. For example, children absent from lessons in support of School Climate Crisis strikes. Many teachers support XR.

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How are the promised 20,000 extra police officers getting on with combatting corporate tax fraud, money laundering and insider trading on stocks and shares?

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The UK moves one more step closer to becoming a police state.

n.n.b. Not easy to “Like” this post, so why not share it instead?

CLP 10/01/2020

Nothing Matters (VI)

Bubbling along

Without a care in the world

Ignorance is bliss

n.b. Street homeless, racism, violent crime, poverty, the 1%, addictions, outbreaks of disease, falling life expectancy, war, climate breakdown. “Nothing I can do about it” I hear. Is this true? I wonder.

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CLP 18/12/2019