on time

eventually
fresh-mown grass, birdsong, flowers
weary bones laid down

~

n.b. I was struck by the calm, orderly, well-maintained expanse of a large cemetery on the north side of Elvis Presley Boulevard in south Memphis. Respite from chaos. It’s a shame that such respect is not shown for the living.

James, who was waiting for the bus too, told me this was the best cemetery in the city. Somewhere to aspire to for loved ones when the day comes.

Mount Carmel Cemetery, Route 51.

CLP 30/09/2022

on Ukraine

human rights abused
no excuse, who's for this war?
hands up everyone!

~

n.b. Referenda being used by occupying forces to skim over, or gloss up the rationale for creating a war. It’s been said that these exercises are no better than voting at gunpoint,

CLP 27/09/2022

on Ukraine

they still have enough
cowards to push the buttons
heroes would refuse

~

n.b. Resistance to conscription in Russia is an act of great courage. For Russians facing the press gang, “Do you have a plan? Run; Hide; Fight,”

Which is what public notices in US railway stations advise in case an act of domestic terrorism develops where the public gather. I understand that this is advice in other public buildings too, particularly schools.

Of course, the press gang was once how the British Royal Navy recruited when a ship was low on matelots. Able bodied boys and men were simply dragged off the streets of the island’s ports “to serve” the King and country.

Ukraine’s war of independence is now being fought on two sides of the border. It is a Vietnam, with Russian domestic resistance to an unjust war being as critical to the outcome as draft card burning youths were in the early 1970s, when flowers were bravely placed in gun barrels. Resistance is not futile.

CLP 25/09/2022

on light

despite so much light
no one can see everything
there are dark corners

~

n.b. To describe Chicago as complex would be a good starting point. A stunning construction. A place that seems to strive to improve. My kind of town.

on time

schedules don't account
for variable weather
rain-break friendships flow

~

n.b. Something special about the White Sox crowd. Nearly six hours with the rain delay start, passed in a flash. Thank you to Sam, Henry, the guy in the queue (not ‘The Queue’) and the ticket seller. Unforgettable evening of great conversation. Baseball was pretty good too, by the way.

CLP 21/09/2022

on time

cocooned from us all
a cosseted existence
passes unquestioned

~

n.b. Time to move on sisters and brothers. Time to move on.

CLP 19/09/2022

on life

while we're looking east
remember, there's a war on
American streets

~

CLP 15/09/2022

on Ukraine

on returning home
it cannot be as it was
Z marks the damned spot

n.b. Wounds will heal over, scars will be worn.

CLP 14/09/2022

on hope

everything ran true
nothing to worry about
learning every day

~

CLP 13/09/2022

on Ukraine

two hundred war days
children, parents, grand-parents
morning brings mourning

~

n.b. Everyday, brothers and sisters, everyday.

CLP 11/09/2022