On the River

casting a fresh line

heavy river running slow

your smile caught my eye

~

CLP 04/08/2021

On Cricket

lost in crazy crowd

found myself wrapt in laughter

caught being happy

~

CLP 16/07/2021

On Dreams xv

these people are all

wrong faces on known bodies

pantomime horse shit

~

CLP 20/05/2021

On Dreams v

I wake to laughter

your smile, those beautiful eyes

mine dare not open

~

CLP 07/05/2021

On Playing xxi

Is that how it was?

Truly unbelievable.

Oh! How we laughed

~

n.b. Sometimes you just cannot make it up. The happiest coincidences, the spontaneous choices, the good fortune, the generosity of the people you bump into on the way, the adventures. Some call it fate, but that’s life!

CLP 30/01/2021

On Playing v

It had to happen

we crashed into each other.

Found – laughing in street

~

n.b. I am close to bursting, laughing out loud again, 45 years later. Mucking about on our bicycles we accidentally locked handle bars and fell to the pavement. Before we could move, get cross, or blame the other, a little girl’s face appeared over the adjacent garden wall, “Are you alright?” she asked and that was it, we dissolved in laughter. You had to be there.

I wonder if she ever offered unsolicited help to anyone ever again. Poor kid.

Thanks, Tim. Best accident I ever had!

~

CLP 17/01/2021

On Playing iii

Disregard of fears

leads you to discovery

of hidden talents

~

p.s. Play safe, or try stuff out for fun? What have you got to lose by trying? It’s only a game after all. It will be your turn to start next. ‘Mugs away’ as the saying goes.

~

CLP 16/01/2021

On Playing

First rule of playing

Learn the rules (in cricket “laws”)

Then let play commence

~

n.b. The first in a series inspired by the laughter of friends, family and strangers.

~

CLP 16/01/2021

On Numbers (x.5)

She said, “You should smile”

I nodded grimly, “Thank you”

“Try again” she coaxed.

~

CLP 24/11/2020

On Pleasure ii

Unbridled laughter

carried by telephone lines

to prised open heart

~

CLP 04/09/2020