on life

grown-ups planted this
there must have been good reason
makes a neat goal frame

CLP 08/08/2022

on time

on outward journey
wonder of discovery
trepidatious

return passes fast
dull familiarity
slow recovery

always more baggage
souvenirs, memories
accumulation

one-way ticket, thanks

~

CLP 08/08/2022

on light

amongst happy throng
one woman cries her heart out
rainbows come with rain

~

n.b. Oblivious of the calendar, I travelled to see family and friends and discover that Brighton Pride is set for the same weekend.

This means a lot of relaxed people, a lot of extravagance and flamboyance, a very large number of police.

So many people having fun, dancing. One young tearful woman being consoled by her friend. There will be hangovers.

CLP 07/08/2022

on Ukraine

young men sent to front
returned in long pine boxes
deforestation

~

CLP 06/08/2022

on stage

is not for money
it's about giving a show
out there, being heard

~

n.b. I think this band are a bit different. I greatly enjoyed their set at The Hope & Ruin, Brighton on 5th August 2022. Something of The Fall about them, or DC Fontaines, but different. You have been warned.

CLP 06/08/2022

on truth

speaking of others
reveals more about you than
illuminates them

~

n.b. ‘Your Face Tomorrow’ by Javier Marías is worth a dekko.

CLP 05/08/2022

on time

four decades since this
dingy seaside town was home
we have both moved on

~

CLP 05/08/2022

on time

it's so beautiful
you're close to God there, it's
nice to be at peace

~

n.b. Incoming phone call, overheard on train south out of London.

CLP 04/08/2022

on heat

wonder at mankind
trains to Paris undersea
pylons lift cables
systems of power
connect us to each other
bind us to our fate

~

n.b. Standing here overlooking Rainham Marshes, watching another bloody sunset, you can hear the electricity cables crackle as they carry charge towards the City of London.

If you listen really carefully, you can hear the insane laughter of stockholders celebrating multi-billions of profits being divvied up by BP, Shell and a few other energy companies, while the Earth’s climate spins inexorably out of control.

Nearby at Wennington, the scenes are of burnt houses, charred trees, scorched earth. Scenes familiar to residents of France, Spain, Portugal, Australia, California. What more proof does this once green and pleasant land need that things have changed, that we must change?

People blithely talk of access to air-conditioning, not aware that more energy is now used on such cooling equipment in summer than that used in winter to heat us. It is we who are being conditioned by the air.

Things have changed. Something’s gotta change.

CLP 04/8/2022

on time

brief visit ends
you cannot wait to be seen
depart in silence

~

CLP 02/08/2022