on Beale Street

camera wobbles
trolley catches tourist beat
drunk? it ain't me babe

~

CLP 29/09/2022

on time

where blue suede shoes trod
they long since left the café
no scent left to track

~

n.b. The nice thing about The Arcade Restaurant is that, apart from a modest postcard, the proprietors don’t trade off the reputation of one of their many happy customers. More importantly the café has been up and running for 102 years. I would say, it’s alright (in a good way).

CLP 28/09/2022

on time

heavily moated
Norman Conquest castle site
monarchic stasis

~

n.b. Some argue that England has never recovered from this military land-grab and its top-down government. There was nothing civilising about the Roman dictatorship, nor the Norman invasion. Our revolution of 1642 – 1660 ultimately failed.

Look at us! We still have unelected Lords involved in setting legislation and a head of state who inherits the job. Laugh and the whole world laughs with you?

CLP 29/08/2022

on time

the congregation
depart bathed in victory
everyone happy

n.b. Not so great for the visiting opposition, admittedly.

CLP 17/07/2022

on life

I am harvesting
content for my first novel
tell me who isn't?

CLP 09/08/2022

on time

travel with me too
don't just talk of history
we'll share sunrises

~

n.b. We live in hope for tomorrow.

CLP 11/07/2022

on time

what was it we found
each other or shared moments?
dislocation squared

~

CLP 07/07/2022

on Ukraine xxv

escaping the Nazis
people of Russia scorched earth
now their soldiers harry Ukraine
as William The Bastard did in the North
so Putin does to the south
history teaches us nothing
it is but a mirror

~

n.b. What is the point of this destruction and slaughter? Where is the glory? What kind of peace does this lead to?

CLP 31/05/2022

on time

houses for workers
became homes of unemployed
miles from anywhere

~

n.b. Not much going on in the old pit villages, unless you can afford a car. As you can see, not many cars, although one has an L-plate. Too many places in England have been built over the years out on a limb, so when the work goes the people become isolated.

Will the Internet and working from home technology bring decent wages back to the hills?

~

CLP 22/01/2022

on passing

ancient sentinel
unmoved by shifting city
flint-hearted witness

~

CLP 09/11/2021