on ice

I fell through, aged five
chest deep, my sister in too
buried memories


n.b. Sadness as old as winter itself, children falling through ice while playing, excited by the magic ice promises.

I cannot imagine the inconsolable grief the parents must be experiencing.

CLP 14/12/2022

on Ukraine

first frozen windscreen
sunlight now in monochrome
thank our lucky stars


n.b. Moscow’s robber barons must be carrying a lot of pain for them to seek to inflict such suffering on others. Here, in the UK, we just have to face up to winter’s heartless weather.

CLP 06/12/2022

On Proof

words had made no sense

so you placed my hand inside

your heart packed with ice


CLP 15/07/2021

Norwich Carrotting – Breaking News

We put the squeeze on known associates of the suspects. One of them cracked, the other said he wouldn’t split on his friends.

We went looking for others but they seem to have melted away into the gutters of this cold-hearted city.

Had to have a word with the junior detective on the case after he said, “Don’t know about you guv, but they all look the same to me.” That was not very PC of him.

Things have been a little frosty between us as a result.


CLP 12/02/2021

Call for Witnesses

We need to move fast in the carrotting case. Frankly, we are stumped. Witnesses are turning out to be a little flakey.

The Chief is putting pressure on, “We can’t afford to let this slide.” he told today’s briefing. Still looking for a motive, but I got a hunch that lots of lolly will be involved.

If you know anything call our hotline.


CLP 12/02/2021

L3 (Day 36) On Ice

The lake is frozen.

If you’re looking for easy

metaphors, use this


n.b. Nice of nature to get on board with the program at last. Now everyone around here knows what we homo sapiens are experiencing.


CLP 11/02/2021

Lockdown 3 (Day 20) Thorpe Saint Andrew

Trip trap, trip trap over the bridge I went to explore the more urban side of the river. Crossing the bridge was the easy bit. After that the carefully salted pavements and cycle tracks had iced over again and reset as black ice.

The sapphire blue sky and dazzling sunlight was the cue for blue tits to sing. They have a delightful vocal salutation to the Sun and I find their constant movement a joy. I find it most remarkable that they are able to go from fleeting flight to stock still on landing.

Other birds that were about included a grey wagtail in close to the door at Morrison’s. A young man was able to get quite close to take a good picture of it – the bird even stopped wagging its tail for a moment to help the photographer.

I wandered down a side road, under an old railway line bridge and on towards Common Lane, but I decided not to pass across the Yarmouth railway, as a woman was returning after seeing how flooded the lane was further along. I then took a left that ran parallel to the Yarmouth Road and found myself in a little bit of countryside. Mud and ice notwithstanding, it was a delightful diversion, which led me past the local scout HQ with its St. Andrew’s shield on the gate. They seem to have a great set up there, with a green and various bits of climbing equipment by the wood.

When I got back onto the road towards the city I noticed that the church has a tiny campanile of its own just inside the arched gate to the churchyard. The footpath to the church door passes through the bell tower, which is not even as high as the church roof. The church itself is an impressive structure for this the first town outside the city on this side of the river.

There are a couple of bank side pubs, both which have riverside terraces that are always busy in the days when pubs were open. The train journey on this line gives a good view across the river to the south-facing pub gardens and they look very attractive prospects for better times ahead.

There is also a narrow public garden with plenty of benches, some arranged around a war memorial that has the look of an anti-war memorial, (to which I have no objection at all). There is a more traditional war memorial more centrally located at the back of the park with the names of the local men lost during the two world wars of the C20th. The poppy wreaths were ringed by luminous red, backlit as they were by the Sun.

There is a point where the road and the river are very close and a way to the water’s edge has been provided for horses to get a drink. This access is called Horsewater. Like all those Norfolk roads named The Street, one gets the sense that not a lot of time used to be spent on getting creative with naming things around here.

I passed a cut through between houses. Here it is known as a loke, something that is is known by the name twitten in Sussex.

Closer toward the city is a car park, opposite the Broadlands District Council offices. This is for visitors to the Cary’s Meadow. Again this was badly affected by flood waters and instead of plodding around the meadow I spent some time standing in the car park talking to a woman who I had waited to go through the wooden gates before me. She advised that the ground was not easy walking at the moment, at least not for my trainers.

She told me a bit about the meadow and we soon enough got onto the pandemic and life as we now know it. She had been allowed access to the cathedral to light a candle in commemoration of her late husband, whose second anniversary it was last Wednesday. She was the only visitor inside that massive, celebrated building at that time. It was an important quiet moment for her. Life goes on, just differently these days.

I walked home past the east side of the football stadium and its car park. Coronavirus testing continues there, or are they vaccinating there now too? I did not ask. There were as many staff there as people visiting.

Crossing the Novi-Sad Friendship Bridge I saw the last flash of sunlight from the weather vane set on the point of the cathedral spire. Is it one of those proud brass cockerels that were once all the fashion? From the distance, in that moment, it seemed like a golden star.


CLP 25/01/2021

On Losing (10)

In such cold wheels slip

underfoot the ice, hard, slick

how long before no grip


CLP 10/12/2020

On Snow

White dusting slow melt

Ice on road blackens with night

Will nothing stop us?


CLP 30/01/2019

On Ice

Delicate patterns

Lace the windows and cobwebs

Draw out smokey breath

CLP 22/11/2018