on light / on time / on fear

undressed in the dark
slid underneath bed covers
made up to see you


n.b. “We come from nothing, return to nothing.”

CLP 08/2/2021


Look outside  x x
the text message instructed
Heavens! An angel 


n.b. Do you ever think you are living in a dream? She kissed me, but I am still not sure if this actually happened. I couldn’t have made it up, could I?


CLP 05/11/2021

on fear

something from the past
lying close to the surface
believe it or not


CLP 31/10/2021

on Friday night

with dance macabre
we laugh at the masque of death
play Russian roulette


n.b. What on Earth is going on?

CLP 23/10/2021

L-plates ii

you no passenger
I hold my breath fearful of
emergency stop


CLP 23/08/2021

On Courage ii

facing up to fear
giving voice to suppressed truth
finding gentle words


n.b. For JS

CLP 22/08/2021

Oh, Pakistan!

what help can you give

to your abandoned neighbours

who cry for freedom


n.b. pain old as mountains never ending series.

CLP 17/08/2021

Oh, Afghanistan!

centuries pass by

what is twenty years to you

pain old as mountains

CLP 16/08/2021

Dream #24

you must know this one

where you reach out

as far as you can

then not reaching what you stretched for

start to fall

towards a ground so distant

you cannot see it

you cannot fly

resistance is useless

you tumble through parting air

and you rediscover fear

as the ground approaches

so fast, so large

so hard


CLP 23/06/2021

On Dreams ix

Is it possible

to call back and reshape dreams

based on harsh home truths?


CLP 15/05/2021