on silence

so, men with uniforms
badges and guns waited
for other men
with uniforms, badges and guns
to come to the rescue?
do you know the children's rhyme
of the old woman who swallowed a fly
then swallowed a spider, a bird and a cat
a dog and a goat, a cow and a horse after that?

~

CLP 28/05/2022

on time

as children we understand
what is fair and what is not
so what makes it right to let things go
because "it is what it is"?
nothing changes when we do nothing
stand up and be counted

~

n.b. I was a child when this protest took place. It remains as powerful an image as ever. If it’s wrong, call it out.

CLP 14/03/2022

liminal

where we seek water
they struggle to get ashore
marginal difference

~

n.b. Both humans and seals evolved from the mammalian branch of the tree of life, but now they hold mirrored views of the beach…interesting how things turn out.

CLP 15/11/2021

on colour

under the rainbow
life exists in bands of grey
nothing black and white

~

CLP 05/11/2021

on competition

going nowhere fast?
there is an alternative
to the free market

~

n.b. How can it be free when it’s costing the Earth?

~

CLP 26/10/2021

Oh! Earth

this planet spins on
with occasional wobbles
cares not a jot

~

n.b. part of the pain old as mountains never-ending series.

CLP 27/08/2021

On Off

without direction

we wander quite happily

we are not clueless

~

CLP 27/07/2021

Lockdown 3 (Day 14): Morrison’s

A security tag is supposed to be automatically approved and cancelled when scanned at the till.

If it goes off at the exit, don’t worry. The security guard has gone home already and I know your face anyway.”

Great to know that the art of careless talk survives and no she doesn’t know my face as I always wear a face covering from neck to the bridge of my nose every time I am in the shop.

Coronavirus fatigue is kicking in. The vaccines are being distributed and the people are slackening their guards…and security guards.

Three of the points I raised yesterday are in the national news today:

  1. How much is a life worth?
  2. Who should be vaccinated first?
  3. What are the world’s wealthiest nations doing to ensure humankind all gets a fair share of the vaccines?

Meanwhile the UK had the highest recorded death rate in the world per hundred thousand Covid-19 infections.

Don’t even mention Brexit to me, please.

Alexander Johnson suddenly wants us all to be kind and civil when discussing political matters, so we are not like those ‘ghastly colonials’ (he implies).

Perhaps he might help by actually answering some very straight questions with some relevant answers?

I will stop there.

~

CLP 18/01/2021

On Numbers (2021)

What does it matter?

A fresh start or same, same old?

Welcome aboard guys!

~

n.b. Things will be different, things will be the same. My new year resolution is to love my neighbour. Worth another go, don’t you think?

CLP 01/01/2020

On 2020

Memorable year

One I would rather forget

Finally ends here

~

CLP 31/12/2020