on time

you'd think it's Sunday
traffic absent, birdsong clear
Ingerland kick off


n.b. I was rudely interrupted by the heavy fall of silence. An international football game was about to start, so nearly everything else stopped.

CLP 21/11/2022

on time

this time tomorrow
here will be another place
there will become here


n.b. LGW – JFK

CLP 11/09/2022

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 Ukraine

football match is played
so you've been relegated
'now, in other news'


n.b. I do understand that we need variety in our diet of news, but come on media people, try to keep some perspective. Women from England win tournament, versus women in Ukraine have their children murdered and mutilated; no contest, surely?

CLP 01/08/2022

on light

everywhere building
layers of steel, concrete, glass
towers become walls

n.b. This is Leeds, but could be anywhere that development is taking place in England; dulling the landscape, blocking the light. Higher and higher, filling in the sky.

CLP 04/06/2022

on Ukraine xvi

Kyiv to Channel
you new Burghers of Calais
held by paper chains


n.b. UK Border Force, your first contact with England; all forms – no compassion.

It is possible to see England’s famous White Cliffs of Dover from the French Coast. Refugees trying to reach family members in the UK are haunted by England’s proximity, taunted by British bureaucracy.

CLP 10/03/2022

on light

four floodlight pylons
sunset over Boundary Park
the gathering gloom


n.b. Life at the bottom of the English Football League.

CLP 06/02/2022

original social media

it said whitewashed boldly
on the low end wall
of what is now a traffic island
crowned by a CO-OP convenience store
backed by a set of low rise apartments

of course he went
to Cardiff City
for fifty grand
spared an Internet audience
statement scratched by ancient quay
I'm not sure what it means
I want to know
was this a recommendation
or shameless
across the street
on the one way system
opposite the Sobell Centre
the bus stop by John Lewis
but did she, or he?
and if they thought they did
did Lee love you?
green gloss on a brick wall
across the tracks
between Fratton and Portsmouth & Southsea
a radical hope
that years later
stated quite clearly
the outcome
rough daubing under the footbridge
over the Witham
furious misspelling provoked
by mass murder
they were not angels
just normal children


CLP 30/01/2022

on light

precious metal
take me to bathe in sunshine
swim in heaven's blue

n.b. This is not Australia, a land of beautiful light; this is England, where such brilliance is a gift.


CLP 09/01/2022

autumn ii

as if I'd forgive
the discomfort inflicted
for your trick of light


n.b. British weather: fickle, or what?

CLP 20/10/2021