L-plates ii

you no passenger
I hold my breath fearful of
emergency stop

~

CLP 23/08/2021

L-plates i

signal mirrored manoeuvre
clutch, select first, slow de-clutch
now release hand-brake

~

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

On Charge

once in step hands brush 
blushed apologies exchanged
electrified skin

~

CLP 22/08/2021

On Courage

give voice to silence
dreams held tight mere fantasies
what is there to lose

~

CLP 21/08/2021

On the Beach

slipping on pebbles

this feels like treading water

yet gentle progress

~

CLP 18/08/2021

Oh, Iran!

victim of empires

how can you provide succour

when you’re without love

~

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

CLP 18/08/2021

Oh, India!

handsome elephant

what plans have you made to

bring your strength to bear

~

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

CLP 17/08/2021

Oh, China!

what alternatives

can you offer whilst Hong Kong’s

umbrellas protest

~

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

CLP 17/08/2021

Autumn ii

your irises contain

bright chestnut flames

choice of tint for your hair

so well matched

~

we sat for three hours

before we parted

I could not resist saying

your eyes are beautiful

~

the season’s first wasp

dances like a puppet at my window

moves off uncertain

where to go from here?

~

n.b. For APM

CLP 08/08/2021