On Friendship (continued)

We have all the time

required to be gentle.

Friendship will endure.


CLP 03/02/2021

On Numbers (2021)

What does it matter?

A fresh start or same, same old?

Welcome aboard guys!


n.b. Things will be different, things will be the same. My new year resolution is to love my neighbour. Worth another go, don’t you think?

CLP 01/01/2020

On Losing (18)

Keep the faith y’all

Everything will be alright

Earth keeps on spinning


n.b. Hopeless romantic, or just hopeless?

Winter Solstice should be a time to welcome the turn toward longer days…make of that what you will.

n.n.b. Sorry, not The Dove of Peace, but quite a pretty gull.

CLP 21/12/2020

On Losing (11)

I had every faith

that we might beat the long odds

of course I was wrong


CLP 10/12/2020

On the Surface ii

What lies beneath your

well manicured appearance?

Frailty or strength?


n.b. I could go on about the cosmetics industry and cosmetic surgery here, but I won’t. You know the score, don’t you?


CLP 13th October 2020

On Endings (xiv)

Call local priest in

To bless with extreme unction

Last chance to sign up


CLP 24/06/2020

On Separation

Boxed heart stays constant

Old fears prowl; rattle casket

Rhythm misses beat


Contactless eyes dumb

Imagination finds voice

Tremors felt in gut



Fill up conversation voids

Muddy evidence


Dig gently for truth

Listen to answers; reflect

Retire to consider


Never forget this:

Distance forms Hall of Mirrors;

Boxed hearts stay constant


n.b. We are not alone. Keep the faith.

CLP 30/03/2020

On Crossing (VIII)

Too far? Out of reach?

Here there is only forward

Reach out; take the leap


CLP 18/03/2020

On the Ether

Have you a problem?

Did you “Ask the Universe”?

No? Whyever not?


n.b. Use of the phrase “Ask the Universe” is increasingly common and it is usually deployed when some personal difficulty looms into view.

I suspect asking this question in an open-minded and sincere manner serves the same purpose as saying prayers, in that the practise of asking the expanding cosmos of gases, dark matter, stuff, black holes, stars, planets, comets and man-made space junk requires concentrated focus on the troublesome issue, raises awareness of influencing factors and generates some positive thinking and possible actions that, (on occasions), lead to outcomes that help resolve the issue.

I remember that as a young boy serving as an altar boy, that there used to be in one of the Roman Catholic services I attended, a prayer that asked for the “conversion of England.” It helped fuel ideas in my immature brain of the righteousness of the Roman faith, reminded me of the ridiculousness of the English monarchy, inflamed thoughts of The Occupation of Northern Ireland by Her Majesty’s armed forces and reinforced the ideal that there was only One True Faith.

As history has proven England has been converted, but not quite as many had prayed for, or imagined. Seven day a week shopping, car-choked, rent in two by the Russian-funded Brexit campaign and Tory Boys quibbling about who is least unsuitable to be Prime Minister without having to go through the trouble of a General Election, are manifestations of a troubled land that is fast slipping into a trough of debt and distrust and despond. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jul/06/ex-mi6-chief-uk-going-through-political-nervous-breakdown

It is no wonder that magic and mystery, witchcraft and wizardry are returning to popular belief.

You often hear the phrase “Be careful what you ask for” as an accompaniment to the suggestion that one’s problem is offered to the Universe for resolution. This is a bit of arse-covering by the witches/wizards just in case Fate and Fortune takes a different view of circumstances.

In my humble opinion, who you know is probably more important than cosmological forces in sorting temporal matters, so “If you don’t ask, you don’t get” is more practical guidance to stimulate actions and seek solutions to current challenges. The person / people you ask can say “No” if they cannot help you.

What “who you know” encourages and rewards is the development of social skills, sharing ideas, advice and practical help, as well as genorosity of spirit,because if you do not treat others as you like to be treated then why would anyone want to help you? This I understand fits the idea of karma, or “What goes round, comes round.” https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/jul/05/brexit-could-jeopardise-5bn-lifeline-of-eu-cash-councils-warn Love thy neighbour, anyone? https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/jul/06/sarfraz-manzoor-xenophobia-has-not-only-returned-it-has-become-normalised-


CLP 06/07/2019