on time

on Railway Terrace
sign out of oblivion
one way ticket, please

~

CLP 06/03/2022

on the wind

fast-paced script demands
multiple set changes
invisible stage hands

~

n.b. Five / six / six syllables.

CLP 07/02/2022

on light

unfurled, stretched to full
width of sky, net curtain drawn
mirrors thinning wake

~

n.b. Our movement is not without a footprint, not without being marked by a wake.

CLP 30/01/2022

on time

if you get up early
during these short days
get out, walk towards the east
stand still, watch the bright light grow
from deep blue, so blue its almost black
to steel grey
watch the horizon burn
turn, look up at the highest point
study the golden light edging down
the church steeple
the conifer
the pylon
city hall's clock tower
you'll feel the Earth spinning
taking you into a new day

~

CLP 14/01/2022

Star Dancer And Her School Of Dance (Francis Picabia) 1913

One, two, three, four!

And step! And stretch! And jump! And turn!

We step, then stretch, then jump, then turn

Split-sole jazz shoes in unison

First pat, then slide, then glide, then twist

And step! And stretch! And jump! And turn!

We lunge, then lean, then leap, then shift

Our heads held high, our movement brisk

Our thoughts, actions, bodies are hers

And step! And stretch! And jump! And turn!

Our faces set to concentrate

Sinuous limbs, feel lithe, alive

So long solo, now we this troupe

And step! And stretch! And jump! And turn!

In public park, ‘ neath cherry trees

Pink blossoms sprinkle tarmac court

Doors and windows of school still closed

And step! And stretch! And jump! And turn!

Birds watch, then call, alarmed by us

At practice at dawn in cool spring air

We are again set free to learn

To step! And stretch! And jump! And turn!

To step! And stretch! And jump! And turn!

To step! And stretch! And jump! And turn!

And rest! Three, four. And take a breath.

~

n.b. Prompted by Na/GloPoWriMo 2021 to find inspiration in a painting held in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of in New York City, I chose:

Star Dancer And Her School of Dance (1913) by Francis Picabia

Christopher Perry

31st March, 2021

On the Street v

Here nobody knows

Who I might be, nor my work.

Freedom of movement

~

CLP 05/10/2020