on cash

I'll buy you a meal
but I won't just give money
you said you're hungry

~

n.b. Talk me through that again. Hungry means ‘food’ right?

A young man, in a desperate condition, scarred, nervous, tired and dirty asked for a dollar for food. I said I’d get him some food, (we were stood outside a hamburger joint). I checked what he fancied, but when I came out there was no sign of him.

A middle-aged woman leaning on a walking cane, asked me for help getting some food. I explained the situation and she was grateful for the meal and drink I had carried out for the boy, who called himself William.

CLP 26/09/2022

on Ukraine

enough mothers know
Russian blood runs down drains too
puddles form on clay

~

n.b. There are reports that queues to leave Russia to escape conscription to the diminishing army are stretching for miles at border posts.

CLP 23/09/2022

on Ukraine

nuclear assault?
how might Pravda report it?
obliteration

~

n.b. It is said that Russian protests against the war have begun in several town. Putin mobilising 300,000 more troops. Russians considering how to avoid being called up.

Putin’s Vietnam.

CLP 21/09/2022

CLP

on time

same old song re-sung
gigging round the USA
nostalgia for some

~

n.b. Supper club swan song, the songs sung over supper. Some punters went along yesterday too. Calling up the past, second childhood, or trying to bury the present? One bloke with a mullet got up to dance to one familiar tune, but sat down when he realised there were people behind him, (he wasn’t tall enough to be in the way, but I enjoyed his passing punk attitude, while it lasted).

CLP 21/09/2022

on life

while we're looking east
remember, there's a war on
American streets

~

CLP 15/09/2022

on hope

everything ran true
nothing to worry about
learning every day

~

CLP 13/09/2022

on time

we live on so long
as memories others hold
stories shared with love

~

CLP 03/09/2022

on time

complete rotation
autumn, winter, spring, summer
nothing quite the same

~

CLP 31/08/2022

on dreams

aroused from slumber
implausible bedfellows
disturbed rookery

~

n.b. What was that all about? One dream I won’t be following up on. Thank goodness the day is bringing colour to the sky.

CLP 30/08/2022

on Ukraine

threat and counter-threat
belligerent language. Peace?
All we are saying...

~

n.b. …is give peace a chance, or at least let the concept get a word in edgeways. Today is Independence Day in Ukraine. It would be good to hear how the people of Ukraine might be able to celebrate freedom from this war, now six months old.

CLP 24/08/2022