on Ukraine

frost hard ground broken
another soldier laid down
days filled with darkness

~

n.b. Is anyone out there still counting? Does any of this still count?

CLP 30/01/2023

on time

wear your long black coat
pockets stuffed with memories
for who do you weep?

~

CLP 25/01/2023

on time

a new arrival
then a blessed departure
life's revolving door

~

n.b. Moving in or out, who knows where the door leads?

CLP 25/01/2023

on time

nutrients depleted
walled in by circumstances
sheep seek fresh pasture

~

n.b. Apologies if this post seems a bit preachy. It is that time of year.

CLP 22/12/2022

on ice

I fell through, aged five
chest deep, my sister in too
buried memories

~

n.b. Sadness as old as winter itself, children falling through ice while playing, excited by the magic ice promises.

I cannot imagine the inconsolable grief the parents must be experiencing.

CLP 14/12/2022

on time

you reminded me
of a place we had once been
featureless echo

~

n.b. Forgetting is an essential survival skill. Thankfully we cannot call up actual pain, just the memory of having been in pain.

CLP 07/12/2022

on time

bright colour leaves us
after vibrant unfurling
like leaves we tumble

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