on time

ships pass red to red
avoiding collision risk
no coincidence

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n.b. If you don’t take a risk you won’t get hurt.

CLP 23/12/2023

on time

I will not descend
into irascible old age
there are too few hours

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n.b. More preachy stuff.

CLP 22/12/2022

on Ukraine

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n.b. No end in sight of this bloody, pointless war. Three hundred days.

CLP 20/12/2022

on time

temperature drop
counter-measures introduced
slow tick-tock of clock

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n.b. Chilling in front of a fire.

CLP 17/12/2022

on time

we scraped snow off lines
kicked the ball through heavy flakes
played as if still kids

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n.b. Such fun to be able to run and slide about chasing a football for an hour, even when the air temperature is less than zero.

CLP 15/12/2022

on Iran

four thousand life years
imprisonment for protests
woman, life, freedom

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n.b. The tyranny under the theocracy tightens. 400 protestors x 10 years each for daring to question the validity of Iran’s legislature.

Executions are also being carried out.

CLP 13/12/2022

on time

you reminded me
of a place we had once been
featureless echo

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n.b. Forgetting is an essential survival skill. Thankfully we cannot call up actual pain, just the memory of having been in pain.

CLP 07/12/2022

on time

is this where we'd sit
(where she sat, painted landscapes)
watch for deer, buzzards?

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n.b. Bignor Hill, West Sussex, toward the mouth of the Arun, (I imagine).

Painting by Elsie Marian Henderson (1880-1967).

CLP 07/12/2022

on Ukraine

first frozen windscreen
sunlight now in monochrome
thank our lucky stars

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n.b. Moscow’s robber barons must be carrying a lot of pain for them to seek to inflict such suffering on others. Here, in the UK, we just have to face up to winter’s heartless weather.

CLP 06/12/2022

on time

ebb tide at full flow
cables neatly stowed on deck
lines pulled taut, sails full

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n.b. A ship can wait only so long before the tide turns. Many a ship sails without its full complement.

CLP 06/12/2022