Football, a game for individuals with different talents who enjoy working together to achieve collective success.


On responding to her direct enquiry

Honestly, presuming her sincere interest

In what was a matter of the Soul

Not just the Heart

My very Existence

Her follow up shook me

“Unlucky” she said

As if this had been a card game

Or a football match



CLP 03/01/2020


Where does reality lie?

Conscious imaginings set the pulse racing

A word, phrase

Silence, a pause

Unsettle the soul

Then comes the unbearable night

In once shared places

Spaces and darkness fill

With half-formed images

Spectres haunt the heart

I wake mouthing words

That make no sense


n.b. Fictional composition.

CLP 03/01/2020

Points of Departure

Side by side

They moved off together

On the green signal

Paced perfectly

From beneath the shadow

Into the low morning sun


Tempo steadily climbing


Flicks of stanchion shadows passed faster

In tandem

The lines gradually diverged


Stretched them apart

She waved

He turned to his phone


CLP 23/11/2019