Siren Call

Seductive, sparkly Switzerland

Iced peaks, conifered slopes

Sun sprinkled, twinkling lake

South-facing settlements

Monied, wealthy, healthy life

Les terroirs ribbed with vines

Life in straight lines

Efficient railways

Fresh air

Beware the lure, the calls

Those wails are not cries for help

Tie yourself to the mast

“This is what the end of the world will sound like”

In seductive, sparkly Switzerland

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n.b. Nuclear attack warning sirens are tested on the first Wednesday of each month in Lausanne.

It’s a kind of national vanity project; the assumption all this might be saved, or indeed is worth saving, were the sirens to go live.

Quotation, “This is what the end of the world will sound like.” By Matthew Wake.

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CLP 05/02/2020

On the Threshold

About to step out

A new day, another world

Close the door gently

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n.b. This advice from a colleague of many years ago, whose name I do not recall, but whose face and kind words I have never forgotten. I pass them on here, admitting that it not always advice I followed when younger. I pray that when my final stepping out comes I am able to close that door gently.

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Dedicated to Simon at APG.

CLP 14/01/2020

At the Rutland Arms

They came from afar

Uncertain of what to say

Their loss, our future

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n.b. We gathered to pay respects to one of our own, a fellow Pompey supporter to some, a close friend to a few. We did not know how to do this, but wanted to be together at this time, the first available home game.

We met at a pub close to Fratton Park and talked of Martin and touched philosophically on the inevitable.

After a few simple words in memory of this lovely man, we raised our glasses and expressed gratitude for having known him.

We then went to the game. It was 0-0.

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CLP 12/10/2019

Ravens

See! Three black crosses

Over the near hill

In ragged flight

Eluding the frozen grasp of the dead elm’s pale fingers

These dark angels

Cast shadows on the celestial blue above

Their croaky echoes claw at my soul

Bringing winter to the heart of summer

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n.b. https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/bird-a-z/raven/

The call of the raven is distinctive. The web link above offers an almost musical recording of this rattle cry.

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CLP 26/06/2019