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 time

these leaves do not wait
the season is all year round
for young men falling

~

CLP 25/09/2022

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 truth

believe it or not
there are many ghosts out there
calling from the grave

~

n.b. I had a wander to see where all this might be happening. No sign of the Heartbeat Café, no reply to my enquiring email via Bookface, or whatever it’s called these days. I think this perpetually advertised event is a ghosting.

CLP 21/09/2022

on time

cocooned from us all
a cosseted existence
passes unquestioned

~

n.b. Time to move on sisters and brothers. Time to move on.

CLP 19/09/2022

on Ukraine

two hundred war days
children, parents, grand-parents
morning brings mourning

~

n.b. Everyday, brothers and sisters, everyday.

CLP 11/09/2022

on time

woman pulls on rope
each fourth second of this hour
toll echoes through gorge
that night, drunks in street
try out new anthem for size
irreverent laughs

~

n.b. Since the collapse of the English Revolution in 1660, the wealthiest landowners have firmly stuck together to ensure they get to choose the head of state. There is no likelihood of another civil war, (literally or figuratively), between competing groups of landowners in the UK ever again.

Scottish, Dutch and German aristocrats have been drafted into the post since 1603 when the Welsh Tudor family, (who seized power with the help of French allies in 1485) ran out of offspring.

Therefore, it could be argued that the late queen’s greatest achievement was to have four children, who have had children of their own, thereby ensuring very little will change in how the UK is run and by whom for a few generations yet.

The people of the UK get to vote for the servants of the crown, but the monarchy, (this iteration descended from an obscure Hanoverian protestant family of aristocrats invited to take on the throne in 1714), keeps the jewellery and ensures that the keys to much needed change remain at arm’s length.

n.n.b. The gorge referred to above is the Ironbridge gorge, one day likely to be identified as the original source of human-driven climate disruption.

n.n.n.b. The new anthem contains the unfamiliar line “God save the king.”

p.s. The people of Ukraine continue fighting for their lives. Day 199.

CLP 10/09/2022

on time

bunting still in place
remnants of past majesty
for whom the bell tolls

~

n.b. This seamless transition on death of the incumbent prevents a slip between cup and lip. No risk of reflection, consideration, or review of the nature of monarchy.

Nothing personal, but maybe we could discuss some kind of democratic change and a little bit of wealth redistribution generally.

CLP 08/09/2022

on time

out of darkness light
heading toward terminal
choose which way to face

~

CLP 08/09/2022