on light

I rose to meet her
she winked at me through thin trees
lost her by sunrise

~

n.b. The full, silver moon led me across town before slipping away – a merry, chilly dance!

CLP 18/01/2022

on white lights

intermittent wipers
broken lines
marking where to cut
through naked trees
clawing at the sheet
of clouds
bright red triangles
black on white
warning darts
sharp bends
white on black
approaching one-eyed car
wobbles past close enough
to make me wince
and I hear you
"Slow down.
Watch out for the deer."
And this is what happens;
you become part of my world
as I drive toward yours

~

CLP 10/01/2022

on time

quickly faster now
hurry up mustn't be late
this is all I have

~

CLP 25/12/2021

on time

falling off a cliff
yesterday has disappeared
your presence absent

~

CLP 13/12/2021

on love

heard it all before?
torn up the script, binned the book?
good sense of humour?
you'll need it
when you find yourself back
scanning the shelves
being caught by a catchy title
reaching out instinctively
gently pulling at the spine
handling it with respect
liking the cover
savouring the smell of the fresh-printed page
engaged by the writing

choosing to invest some time
you take it home
dip in
discover this is something
that holds your attention
you become unable to put it down
find yourself
burning both ends of the candle
burning
to find out
what happens next

~

CLP 05/12/2021

Apogee

we can't get much further away
from the summer solstice
grasses tickling your shins
sun pink face, a few freckles
but it's good to be here
with winter encroaching
with your smile
bright as buttercups
your kisses delicate
as sweet pea flowers

~

CLP 18/11/2021

on morning

too soon in my view
night slipped off without asking
stealing dreams of you

~

CLP 07/11/2021

delicious

unsalted butter running
between hard-set bubbles of toasted sourdough bread
hot crumbs in the corner of your mouth
tang of ginger jam on your tongue
i could eat eat eat you too

~

CLP 18/09/2021

on time

those tiny thorns tore
cute as kitten teeth
sharp as fish hooks
drew blood
that slender stem resisted
slim as a grass blade
strong as barbed wire
resistant
that bud closed tight
firm as a fist
locked safe-shut
blossomed

~

CLP 17/09/2021

Treasure

how many tides have turned
shifted and smoothed
sifted and sorted
the pebbles so
today the sea would give up this stone
so you might gift it me
precious as any stone
I have ever held

~

CLP 13/09/2021