on gaslighting

I wrote to you
with my concerns and fears
for our collective future
(the children's too)
waited for your reply
I waited for you
to phone or call by
for a discussion
on how we might work it
I got your response
woven through my lines
you'd done everything
you could
I was grateful to be told
everything possible
was possible and was good
if everyone else does everything
that in your opinion they should


n.b. Are we employing the wrong people to run things? Why is it us not following their instructions, not them not listening?

Loving being back at work tbh; it’s a gas.

CLP 30/03/2022

Incoming Email (after WH Auden’s ‘Night Mail’)

Ping! This is the email crossing the globe

Bringing a virus and an online fraud


Text-rich content, images slowly downloading

Key-board warriors and echo chamber goading


Pulling out aggressive pop-ups every time

No escape from a heart-broken ex never offline


Past the junk filter and block sender lists

Nonsense from your father who only writes when pissed


Consent to accept check boxes for terms and conditions

Please send money after signing charity petitions


Then there’s the spam via security compromised friend

Inbox always receiving more than replies you can send


n.b. NaPoWriMo 2021 Day Twenty Three answer back / respond to a poem. Does this count? WH Auden’s Night Mail.


CLP 23/04/2021 (Shakespeare will be spinning in his grave).