On Numbers 3

How many days would

you expect a friend to wait

before warning you?

~

n.b. Thanks, mate. Three days is a long stretch to have to wait before letting on you have symptoms of a notifiable disease to someone who you last saw four days ago. How dare you take decisions on my behalf about my health and the health of my friends and family! How do you know what the risk is; who I plan to meet; how effective physical distancing actually is if asymptomatic? I would have made different decisions had you been kind enough to let me know. I hope you get better soon. My asymptomatic test results are due tomorrow.

CLP 26/10/2020

On the Street xii

Smiles become tight lips

Breaths held, sentences halted

Nothing to hear here

~

n.b. At first I thought this phenomena may be an unsociable characteristic of city life, but realised it is a new courtesy amongst the unmasked, a show of respect for passing fellow pedestrians with white hair; not breathing out, postponing the moment of exhalation until some random old boy has safely passed by.

~

08/10/2020

On the Street ix

Lost in rain-drenched leaves

Camouflaged by shades of brown

Spotted by kind eyes

~

n.b. So what if I cancelled my cards after waiting on the phone to the bank for fifty minutes? I came home to this in my postbox, with a very soggy wallet; everything present and correct. Thank you, Mark.

~

CLP 08/10/2020

On Empathy

My sister

My father

Slipped into our conversation

Silently tears filled my eyes

You placed your hand on mine

Gentle

Kind

~

CLP 07/09/2020

On Endings (i)

Poets invest time

In every word, not just

Memorable last lines

.

CLP 22/06/2020