Present Tense

This brittle air in sun so low

Glints off flints flash hard

To retain the joy of childhood

As manners evolve in new-formed slow queues

Found on familiar streets

Beside the sign, Stay Home, don’t be SHelfish 

Outside the closed café that specialised in crab sandwiches, 

That added by hand, by night

Lightens this dull conspiracy of compliance

In which all have dressed down

Even priests can go uncollared in isolation

Because we can

Grass verges spout unruly inflorescences and ticking time-bombs of dandelion clocks about to blow

I let the news headlines go

Fuck ‘em! They add nothing to our here and now

Where St George and the Dragon adorn the brick cornice of the shuttered pub

I hear the sea and bees

I fear my own stupidity more than that of others

I long to be able to walk out on the pier

To its very end

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n.b. http://www.napowrimo.net Day 25 prompt: Almanac prompt.

Christopher Perry

27th April 2020

On Cliché

antagonise

sensibilities. unhinge

complacency. hang subtlety

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n.b. www.napowrimo.net Day 10 challenge: use 6 words in a 1-2-3 words per line format to say something poetic, or pathétique. As writers we face the constant challenge of avoiding the ‘lazy dog” of cliché. Bonne chance, mes braves!

Christopher Perry

10th April 2020

Drift

I stood on the beach watching

It moved east, parallel to the shore

Bobbling on the sparkle of cat’s paws

Behind the forming swell of gentle breakers

A tern interrupted her flight to peer closer

Hanging just above in squealing hover

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What it was I could not tell either

But curious, I walked to the foamy edge

My linen trousers rolled up to my knees

Advanced bare-foot, shin deep into the chill

It floated out beyond my reach

Elusive flotsam, mystery from the deep

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n.b. Cat’s paws are a form of waves. They are capillary waves of a small scale that are pulled up from the surface of the sea by the wind and pulled back toward the surface by the meniscus, (surface tension of the water).

CLP 19/02/2020

We Don’t Know

What possesses people

What goes on inside a marriage

What she was thinking

How he believed he would get away with it

How it might have turned out differently

Had we only known

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https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/feb/20/over-half-of-uk-women-killed-by-men-die-hands-current-ex-partner

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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/feb/20/men-killing-women-cuts-refuges-legal-aid

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CLP 19/02/2020

Origami

The white sheet fluttered down at the very edge of my vision

I saw it fold neatly in the cross wind and drop into the long, frosted grass of the field bank

In that moment, caught in my passing headlight

To all intents and purposes

It had the appearance of a barn owl

Falling on its prey

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CLP 12/02/2020