on time

Friday evening rush
eyes seek out welcome embrace
nothing else matters

~

CLP 03/12/2022

on time

callers would call by
she wanted no ties
a younger man would love her
then think she was his

you can call by, she'd say
whenever you want
but I only have callers
no one owns me

then she met him
with his travelling guitar
his once fair long hair
had long since gone grey

the twinkle he carried
in his guitar case
attracted young women
no strings attached

the two of them met
she said something clicked
she, a bar woman
he, guitar man

callers went packing
young women sent back
these two had four years
before slowly he died

four years of true loving
was what they had
the love of her life
she was grateful for that

~

n.b. Everyone has a story. I heard this one recently. Deeply moved by it, I was.

CLP 01/12/2022

on time

She knows what she wants
She's learning how to get it

It's not his job to tell her
Not his job to show her

If he does, what will he learn?
What will he lose?

~

CLP 30/11/2022

on time

swimming in rivers
heart shakes, shock of cold water
alive, alive, oh!

~

n.b. For The Broads of the Broads, wild swimmers.

CLP 30/11/2022

on time

you, obviously
in such a rush to undress
I found a button

~

CLP 30/11/2022

on time

do you know how long
it takes until your scent fades
the taste of you dulls?

~

CLP 27/11/2022

on time

here, we see Sunday
who stole Friday, Saturday?
today a fresh sheet

~

n.b. Days merge, nights blur, feverish hours melt.

CLP 27/11/2022

on Ukraine

winter at window
breath clouds view, power unplugged
panes frosted over

~

n.b. Shadows moving in the shadows. Scorched Earth becomes Frozen Earth. Moscow’s cruelty has no boundaries.

CLP 22/11/2022

on Iran

ball bounces around
all eyes on the football match
we hear your silence

~

n.b. Footballers refuse to sing the anthem of the theocracy. A banner in the stadium, ‘WOMEN LIFE FREEDOM‘.

CLP 21/11/2022

on Iran

in the name of god
armed men chase, beat, punch and kill
defiant children

p.s. The Guardian of London reports that 58 protesting children, some as young as eight years, have been killed by the ‘Morality Police’ and their cadres, in the current freedom rallies.

One thing all children hold dear, is a sense of fairness. Any teacher of any year group, will confirm this to you. The children of Iran are no different.

Women. Life. Freedom.

~

CLP 20/11/2022