on light

come, sit on this bench
watch kaleidoscopic trees
run through all the greens

~

CLP 17/05/2022

on time

alone hours tick by
everything doubles when shared
all is relative

~

CLP 15/05/2022

on time

I can give no more
attention economy
consumed everything

~

CLP 13/05/2022

on time

it is all we have
yesterday is not today
we shape tomorrow

~

n.b. The hands of time are in our hands, the sands of time run through our fingers.

CLP 02/05/2022

Collateral Damage

 what would
we
do
if
he
dropped
bombs
here
?



as we
saw
it
fall
we'd know
it's all
over
for
us 
!



would we make up
where we 
could offer
necessary apologies
long overdue 
balance our
consciences
play music 
say one 
final I
love
you
?

~

n.b. NaPoWriMo 2022 Day Twenty-eight prompt; Concrete poem. I have to admit to having had such thoughts lately. Day twenty-eight of NaPoWriMo 2022, but day Sixty Three in Ukraine.

CLP 28/04/2022

on friendship

at nights's darkest point
I woke knowing you were here
it wasn't a dream

~

n.b. How strange and lovely it is to feel another’s presence despite their absence. I woke, reached out and realised this presence was in my heart. I smiled, returned happily to sleep.

CLP 28/04/2022

Office

One of the darker months
The phone rarely rang
Her typewrite ribbon fresh
The keys unimpressed
Cartridge paper laid in the tray
Gathering a carbon copy of dust
Once the post was checked
Orders filed and queries placed in pending
She'd roll the chair under its desk
Lie on the floor
And sleep

Next door, under neon I sat each day
Writing out lists of prospects
From Kelly's Directory and Kompass
Industrial estate after industrial estate
Postcode by postcode
For the territory salesmen
Occasionally compiling a report
about small electrical domestic appliances
Or drafting the blurb that would sell
Slow cookers, steam irons, sandwich toasters
I turned up most days
Before the news of Lennon
I couldn't imagine

She and I spoke so rarely
I forgot her name, she mine
The thin-windowed false wall
Partitioned us
Her with perpetual weariness
Me with accumulating grief
I wonder still
What brought us together?

~

n.b. NaPoWriMo 2022 Day Twenty-One prompt: person / job / art / unanswerable question.

CLP 21/04/2022

Inexplicable

New moon over the lake
Perseids showering the peaks
Sheer
beauty
of
Creation
You had to be there


So very silly
Like children repeating
Poo
Wee
Willy
Bum

You had to be there


In the Arrivals hall
After unexplained delay
Waiting
Waiting
Waiting
Waiting
You had to be there


At the station
Unstoppable
I thought it strange
We had
had
a
plan
You had to be there


Lockdown over Europe
My body burned for you
Sunshine
spring
flowers
birdsong
You had to be there

~

n.b. NaPoWriMo 2022 Day Eighteen prompt: five answers to a single (unstated) question.

CLP 18/04/2022

on Ukraine xxiii

reading a poem
are you a star dancer or
dreaming of dancing?

~

n.b. Thank you for reading my poem. We don’t know each other, but I wish you well.

CLP 11/04/2022

on time

what is going on?
I have got all night, all day.
how long have you got?

~

CLP 06/04/2022