On Water

Inundation flows

finds a level then settles

serene water fowl


n.b. Today a bitter northerly brought snow to the air and pushed the tide higher, so that the rivers spilled into low pasture, ducks, geese and swans followed.


CLP 05/04/2021

On Nightlife

Echoes of drunken youth

Fill the sleepy city air

Alarmed birds sing out


Songs from blackbirds

Awake under amber lights

Hope of dawn found false.


Weary sleep disturbed

Workers wrestle with nightmares

Birdsong wakes dreamers


Time mocks tired eyes

Becomes a slippery snake

When will peace arrive?


Lovers enrapt lie

Barely napping under sheets

Night too short for lust


Beneath card cover

Alcohol dead street dweller

Charity absent


Hospital machines

Bleep and pulse in heated wards

Nurses defy death


Fox trots around town

Snatches nuggets from waste bin

Chickens at last free


Range of noise and light

Challenge nocturnal rhythm

Man lost to nature


Cool autumn air shifts

Trees gently shake off last leaves

Serene moon floats past


CLP 24/11/2018

A Fine City

1FE9B905-EC7B-406A-8E1F-65928C4ECBC9.jpegNorwich thickened

through history,

enriched by wool traded with Holland,

masonry and church building,

glass angels stained into windows

watched over its

guilds of wealth and power.


Still populated today by towers,

shells of flint and stone, but

Medieval street structures struggle

to accommodate larger people

crowding into larger shops

whose plastic fronts do not mean elastic

just fake, false, shiny show.


CLP  06/05/2018