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

in time

heat, humidity
traffic, sirens, "Wait", repeat
music breaks on through


n.b. Five Accordions playing this week in Bryant Park, NYC. Amazing free music. Calm in the chaos.

CLP 14/09/2022

on stage

is not for money
it's about giving a show
out there, being heard


n.b. I think this band are a bit different. I greatly enjoyed their set at The Hope & Ruin, Brighton on 5th August 2022. Something of The Fall about them, or DC Fontaines, but different. You have been warned.

CLP 06/08/2022

on night

step out expecting
nothing more than last Friday
Whoa! something else


n.b. The name of this band is Karma Sheen. They even have a theremin.

CLP 08/07/2022

on Sunday

in competition
to demonstrate credentials
Queen, Bowie, 'Stones t-shirts


n.b. Latest editions from legacy tours, merchandise stalls and official online stores; all beautifully ironed. MES would have written a song about them.

CLP 03/07/2022

on Friday night

with dance macabre
we laugh at the masque of death
play Russian roulette


n.b. What on Earth is going on?

CLP 23/10/2021

August iii

needle lifts off vinyl

arm clicks to rest

low buzz of speakers

gently suppressed by rain

darkening the street

tickling the silver birch leaves

forming a wassssshhhhh

behind a passing car


CLP 09/08/2021

Dream #21

heavy rain’s half-time shuffle on the roof

mixes with the jazz ostinato beat

of towering street lamps flicking by

wheels slip over pools along the carriageway

sheets of spray from trucks misting view

red rear lights, pairs of dazzling white

approach, recede

dashboard indicators green

there’s a song replaying on the radio

today becomes yesterday


as soon as tomorrow becomes now

vehicles stretch apart, further apart, disappear

then this is the last one tracing the road

deep into the city’s orange glow

pointless waiting at crossroads for change

illuminated arrows pointing home

weighed down by the return of gravity

I step through the door

the post on the hall floor

dates how long I’ve been away

a web loose-hanging at the window

holds small black silk bundles

where the spider’s been making hay


CLP 18/06/2021

Dream #8

Music stops

everyone dances one step more

before realising what’s occuring

mad rush to chairs

enough for us all


CLP 02/06/2021

On The Great Plains

Using graphics to

remember all kinds of stuff

such as history


n.b. American Bison / also known as buffalo / Bob Marley / Buffalo Soldiers / African-American regiments of the US Army / Civil wars of the USA / Indigenous Americans* / First Nation / slavery / colonisation / land grabs / exploitation / What is freedom? / What do we love and whom do we love? / Who pays for prosperity? / Is a life survived best left unexposed? / ethics / Trace’ by Lauret Savoy.

* I am uncertain how to collectively name the people who populated The Great Plains of the North American continent. Advice happily received.

n.n.b. Inspired by NF. Thank you.


CLP 10/03/2021