Dream

no fleeting moment
we spoke at length of things passed
your visit prolonged

~

CLP 14/11/2022

on time

somehow we'll find words
spoken or written to say
what has been hidden

~

n.b. It just takes time to get the language right. Non?

CLP 10/11/2022

on Ukraine

step lightly returning
sons of Russia sleep next
people of Kherson

~

n.b. What a criminal waste of human life. 260 days of war, for what, Moscow?

CLP 10/11/2022

on Ukraine

lines on maps redrawn
bodies buried as they fall
life's fragility

~

n.b. Does it matter where you are lain once slain if borders are marked out in your blood?

CLP 06/11/2022

on time

we're free or busy
lucky coincidences
a wonder we met

~

n.b. How many unknown paths intersect in a lifetime? How many known paths divide?

CLP 05/11/2022

on conversation

people of Tigray
armies have reached conclusion
is this time to talk

~

n.b. Inexhaustible supplies of weaponry eventually wear down opposition to negotiation. How long has this been going on?

CLP 04/11/2022

on fear

why not come along
face life's dangers together
not you, nor I. Us.

~

CLP 31/10/2022

on time

some places won't change
marginal adaptation
another autumn

~

n.b. The Harrow, Steep, Hampshire.

CLP 26/10/2022

on time

some places won't change
marginal adaptation
another autumn

~

n.b. The Harrow, Steep, Hampshire.

CLP 26/10/2022

on time

more shooting in school
St. Louis gathers more ghosts
soulless at its heart

~

n.b. It was just four weeks ago I walked past Central Visual & Performing Arts High School on Arsenal Street. It was a beautiful, sunny morning.

Pass any school in the USA and it sets one thinking about intruder prevention, safety drills, panic rooms, mitigation procedures and emergency responders.

I am not sure whether to be grateful that so few were killed, or horrified at how these events occur so frequently.

Rest in peace Jean Kuczka and your teenage student.

CLP 25/10/2022