on time

think of any name
here, there are tens of thousands
many out of one

~

n.b. Vietnam War memorial to the lost armed forces personnel of the USA. It is a list of names of those lost, in the order they were lost. The lack of reference to the context of the conflict makes it an even more mournful memorial.

CLP 15/09/2022

on life

while we're looking east
remember, there's a war on
American streets

~

CLP 15/09/2022

on Ukraine

on returning home
it cannot be as it was
Z marks the damned spot

n.b. Wounds will heal over, scars will be worn.

CLP 14/09/2022

in time

heat, humidity
traffic, sirens, "Wait", repeat
music breaks on through

~

n.b. Five Accordions playing this week in Bryant Park, NYC. Amazing free music. Calm in the chaos.

CLP 14/09/2022

on hope

everything ran true
nothing to worry about
learning every day

~

CLP 13/09/2022

on Ukraine

this, its safest state
unplugged, switched off, neutralized
one less way to die

~

n.b. Nobody wants this war to cross borders, risking harm to other people; that would be a terrible inconvenience.

Turning off the nuclear power station seems sensible. Whoever gains full control can take responsibility for repairs then switching it back on later.

CLP 11/09/2022

on time

this time tomorrow
here will be another place
there will become here

~

n.b. LGW – JFK

CLP 11/09/2022

on Ukraine

two hundred war days
children, parents, grand-parents
morning brings mourning

~

n.b. Everyday, brothers and sisters, everyday.

CLP 11/09/2022

on light

she leads the big guy
on a merry dance tonight
mist softens footsteps

~

CLP 11/09/2022

on time

woman pulls on rope
each fourth second of this hour
toll echoes through gorge
that night, drunks in street
try out new anthem for size
irreverent laughs

~

n.b. Since the collapse of the English Revolution in 1660, the wealthiest landowners have firmly stuck together to ensure they get to choose the head of state. There is no likelihood of another civil war, (literally or figuratively), between competing groups of landowners in the UK ever again.

Scottish, Dutch and German aristocrats have been drafted into the post since 1603 when the Welsh Tudor family, (who seized power with the help of French allies in 1485) ran out of offspring.

Therefore, it could be argued that the late queen’s greatest achievement was to have four children, who have had children of their own, thereby ensuring very little will change in how the UK is run and by whom for a few generations yet.

The people of the UK get to vote for the servants of the crown, but the monarchy, (this iteration descended from an obscure Hanoverian protestant family of aristocrats invited to take on the throne in 1714), keeps the jewellery and ensures that the keys to much needed change remain at arm’s length.

n.n.b. The gorge referred to above is the Ironbridge gorge, one day likely to be identified as the original source of human-driven climate disruption.

n.n.n.b. The new anthem contains the unfamiliar line “God save the king.”

p.s. The people of Ukraine continue fighting for their lives. Day 199.

CLP 10/09/2022