on time

shallow, shingle-banked
Severn trickles through Bridgenorth
gulls gather in pools


n.b. Whatever rain falls this week will be welcome. The sign is superfluous. How can there be fish here, where the mighty river, bordering Wales and England, runs as thin as a shroud across stony ground?

CLP 06/09/2022

on rain

we bemoan presence
your mild inconvenience
weep at absence


n.b. Notes, coins and electronic tokens in private water companies’ bank accounts are worth nothing when Nature’s reserves have been spent.

It is expected that a drought is to be declared in England today. July 2022 saw just 10% of average rain fall for the month, while August has seen close to none at all.

We search the skies for signs of rain. What next, rain dances, prayers?

CLP 12/08/2022

on time

hear that? rain's patter
streaked, dusty window, cool air
grass barely alive


CLP 26/07/2022

on grass

without rain for weeks
cricket fields lose colour
outfield now glass

n.b. Batsmen love it.

CLP 24/07/2022