on Ukraine

step by marching step
three hundred thousand alerted
old lines reappear

~

n.b. Who was it said, “Give peace a chance”? It was internal opposition to USA support for South Vietnam that contributed significantly to the end of that conflict. Will this only end when Russians turn on Putin?

Meanwhile NATO calls its troops to “Attention!” on Day 125 of this war.

CLP 28/06/2022

on time

don't be afraid, look back
there's water, other stuff too
bridges have been crossed

~

CLP 19/06/2022

Windows

close to midnight
twenty two degrees
roof open
we roll down the windows
roll down the strip
cruise control on
twenty mph
can't find the music
shuffling through the dock
warehouses, flood lights, cctv
cobbled streets, Trafalgar Square
depeche mode
an abandoned town film set
a lone riotous pub on the quay
we roll on
laughing
not street racing from the lights
we're up to sixty, plus
we head West by North-west
sea-salt thickening our hair
fair skin pinked
all the youth
we lived apart
in an evening

~

CLP 18/06/2022

on luck

ten bob in two pees
pink panda from slot machine
taint of copper coins

~

n.b. You probably think that this little story deserves a footnote (and you’re probably correct), but it’s 22c, after midnight and I’m playing late night summer blues, so you’ll have to write your own this time, sorry. However, who knew one could have such fun in Great Yarmouth on a Friday night in June?

CLP 18/06/2022

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 air

at Somerleyton
sky thick with summer's silence
effortless red kite

~

CLP 12/06/2022

on time

late to the party
nobody knows who you are
you're welcome to stay

~

CLP 11/06/2022

on time

enemy or friend
patience versus inertia
no sudden movements

~

CLP 11/06/2022

on sound

I couldn't hear you
there was too much background noise
spouting from my mouth

~

n.b. “Say something once, why say it again?” sang David Byrne with Talking Heads.

A young couple were arguing on the train yesterday, not loudly, nor demonstratively. “I don’t want an argument.” he said. “You’re not listening to me.” She said. He moved to another carriage.

It’s not always easy communicating important stuff

CLP 05/06/2022