on time

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

~

CLP 02/08/2022

The Quay

Here we are 
in the tidy, polished space
that is the captain’s day cabin
And here he is
the Captain all stiff-white shirt
black tie, braid epaulets
And this, his First Officer
taller, slimmer
expressionless
And here’s Danny, the union man
from Northern Ireland, heavy set
tidied up for this occasion
See the eight crew
shyly shuffling in, lining up
unused to such static situations
Silence
like the pause after an Amen
Captain about to speak
Even a laughing gull
wheels by the window
straight-faced
Merchant Navy Code of Conduct
disciplinary breach
hearing begins
misconduct
absence at the time of sailing
wages deducted
Outside late August
The crew file off
Except the tallest, young, blue-eyed one
He’s been asked to stay
More silence
until the cabin door closes
The first officer, less formal now
Christopher, it’s my duty
to report that your father
died this morning
We see the young man
fold at the knees caught
held up under the arms
helped to the door
This is where the story really begins

~

n.b. NaPoWriMo 2022 Day Fourteen Prompt: The opening scene to a film about your life.

CLP 14/04/2022

On Late August

with each breath begins
undressing of trees revealing
deep strength, stark beauty

~

CLP 27/08/2021

On The Wind

empty container
scutters along dry gutter
rustle of leaves

~

CLP 26/08/2021

August vii

seasons overlap

cricket runs into football

what a load of balls

~

CLP 14/08/2021

August vi

somewhere in between

heat of summer / autumn mist

dry shimmer of leaves

~

CLP 13/08/2021

August v

strange shapes form at dusk

fears and imaginings clash

night sharpens its claws

~

CLP 12/08/2021

August iii

needle lifts off vinyl

arm clicks to rest

low buzz of speakers

gently suppressed by rain

darkening the street

tickling the silver birch leaves

forming a wassssshhhhh

behind a passing car

~

CLP 09/08/2021

On August IV

Air lays blanket thick

Limp leaves untether in heat

Fat white cloud darkens

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CLP 18/08/2019

On August

Fruit hangs heavily

Branches bent to near breaking

Sun, set to your work

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CLP 14/08/2019