Normal

November has been mild, again
we're not used to the cold anymore
this is how it should be
how it always was before
I said that the leaves had more colour
dropped sooner, quicker, more completely
than last year
my friend couldn't remember
who would?
normal is just what we're used to now
not what went before
we older ones recall
picking blackberries after school
when summer stretched only to September
now we can eat blackberries from hedges
after Bonfire Night
when Christmas consumes the TV
and geese fly in from the east
in gaggles of grey clouds

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CLP 22/11/2021

on leaves

they have fallen sooner this year
and faster than last autumn
covering paths, slicking up roads
laying on the Wensum's thin skin
betraying the tide
creeping under Carrow bridge
sailing counter to the current
tonight will be clear
the plane trees flaking bark
boughs shorn of dressing
have nothing to deflect falling frost
can no longer carry the weight of murderous cold
that pours from the stars
submerging underpasses, flooding shop doorways

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CLP 17/11/2021

On the Roof

in shorts and t-shirts

all but seven days ago

swallows presaged snow

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CLP 07/04/2021

L3 (Day 72): Three Score

What a day of light to enjoy before this year’s Spring Equinox.

Even before I drew back my bedroom curtains the day sounded sunny. The air was soft. The birdsong sharp. The sound of passing cars subdued.

It has been a delight to get outside and walk on more open ground by the Yare, once again running within its banks after the winter floods. On the lower land beyond its slight embankments are large pools of standing water decorated by gulls, swans and mallards. These small, shallow lakes will take a while to seep into the saturated clay soil.

Norfolk has already passed the point of equinox as today enjoyed twelve hours and eight minutes from sunrise to sunset.

Now to turn up the temperature in this godforsaken Frigidaire of a county!

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CLP 19/03/2021

L3(Day 63): Outside

Some fool left their gloves in the lobby after doing up their walking boots.

Had a lovely walk to Whitlingham Broad in the rain. Wind was cold. I could have done with my gloves.

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CLP 10/03/2021

L3 (Day 47.5): Norwich

I was shocked and somewhat disappointed to learn that my neighbour, in the apartment below, has only had his heating on for a total of two days this whole and quite cold winter! How selfish can you get? No wonder it’s been chilly up here. I was relying on the tight-fisted so-and-so to keep me warm and save me some money.

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CLP 22/02/2021

L3 (Day 36) On Ice

The lake is frozen.

If you’re looking for easy

metaphors, use this

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n.b. Nice of nature to get on board with the program at last. Now everyone around here knows what we homo sapiens are experiencing.

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CLP 11/02/2021

L3 (Day 35): On Heat

When its this cold the sky burns

shades the late afternoon pink

sends clear warning to shepherds

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CLP 10/02/2021

Snow Globe

That beastly howling

stopped and let the snow flakes fall

up as well as down

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CLP 08/02/2021

Redwings

By noon the light was in retreat

the nagging wind swung east, north-east

its oscillations conjured more ice from air

to add to morning’s thick frost still laid

below hedges trinketed with hips and haws

that baited flocks of redwings

whose fluted chirps and piped notes

added winter music to this rime

and brought vibrancy

to Cut Throat Lane.

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n.b. Under the heading of ‘Weird Norfolk’ the local newspaper recounts the tales of Cut Throat Lane, Yaxham.

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CLP 31/01/2021