on Ukraine

they still have enough
cowards to push the buttons
heroes would refuse


n.b. Resistance to conscription in Russia is an act of great courage. For Russians facing the press gang, “Do you have a plan? Run; Hide; Fight,”

Which is what public notices in US railway stations advise in case an act of domestic terrorism develops where the public gather. I understand that this is advice in other public buildings too, particularly schools.

Of course, the press gang was once how the British Royal Navy recruited when a ship was low on matelots. Able bodied boys and men were simply dragged off the streets of the island’s ports “to serve” the King and country.

Ukraine’s war of independence is now being fought on two sides of the border. It is a Vietnam, with Russian domestic resistance to an unjust war being as critical to the outcome as draft card burning youths were in the early 1970s, when flowers were bravely placed in gun barrels. Resistance is not futile.

CLP 25/09/2022

on Ukraine

nuclear assault?
how might Pravda report it?


n.b. It is said that Russian protests against the war have begun in several town. Putin mobilising 300,000 more troops. Russians considering how to avoid being called up.

Putin’s Vietnam.

CLP 21/09/2022


on Ukraine

this, its safest state
unplugged, switched off, neutralized
one less way to die


n.b. Nobody wants this war to cross borders, risking harm to other people; that would be a terrible inconvenience.

Turning off the nuclear power station seems sensible. Whoever gains full control can take responsibility for repairs then switching it back on later.

CLP 11/09/2022

on Ukraine

life of power plant
must be sustained at all costs
nuclear option


n.b. Talk about the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea…

CLP 06/09/2022

on light

stay with us for now
each night brings its own demons
brushed across heaven


CLP 13/07/2022

on the self

Are we whom we desire to be
Or who as we appear to others
The sum of their desires
The embodiment of their hopes
The personification of their dreams
The casket for their fears?


CLP 16/06/2022

on evening

dusk draws up magic
Strawberry Moon, dragonflies
our path less certain


CLP 16/06/2022

on tenderness

this lives somewhere within and between us
exists not without, cannot survive alone
forms around us, surely not beyond us
fear not the performance, fear not the act
does time and place and circumstance persist
to permit retrieval of such gentleness?


CLP 24/05/2022

on fear

does everything change?
is it for better or worse
or is life affirmed?


n.b. How do we decide, by taking the opportunity, or by taking a risk?

CLP 03/05/2022

Collateral Damage

 what would

as we
we'd know
it's all

would we make up
where we 
could offer
necessary apologies
long overdue 
balance our
play music 
say one 
final I


n.b. NaPoWriMo 2022 Day Twenty-eight prompt; Concrete poem. I have to admit to having had such thoughts lately. Day twenty-eight of NaPoWriMo 2022, but day Sixty Three in Ukraine.

CLP 28/04/2022