Windows

close to midnight
twenty two degrees
roof open
we roll down the windows
roll down the strip
cruise control on
twenty mph
can't find the music
shuffling through the dock
warehouses, flood lights, cctv
cobbled streets, Trafalgar Square
depeche mode
an abandoned town film set
a lone riotous pub on the quay
we roll on
laughing
not street racing from the lights
we're up to sixty, plus
we head West by North-west
sea-salt thickening our hair
fair skin pinked
all the youth
we lived apart
in an evening

~

CLP 18/06/2022

on laughter

we forget ourselves
our precious concerns
delicate dispositions
we let go then
caught ourselves having fun
wondered if we could really
fall trusting the other
to fall too

~

CLP 17/02/2022

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