on light

it's nearly midnight
there is too much of it now
they sing all night long

~

n.b. Not that I’m objecting to birdsong.

CLP 14/05/2022

on time

one of those long nights
eagle owl drifts through city
alarm brings respite

~

n.b. At last, the blessed relief of the Angelus bell.

CLP 31/03/2022

on spring

after bright warm day
night still comes in winter clothes
no allowances

~

n.b. It was nippy walking home tonight!

CLP 24/03/2022

on time

last train haunts depôt
waning moon loses lustre
river holds its breath

~

n.b. Yes, bedtime, my love.

CLP 22/03/2022

on light

horizon betrays
merciless advance of night
colour drains from sky

~

CLP 18/03/2022

on light

under the new half-moon
stumbling hands match fumbling words
too dark, or too bright?

~

n.b. Lovers under streetlights taking an unsteady path toward bed, falling over each other in the rush to go somewhere they haven’t been before…absolute beginners.

CLP 07/02/2022

on light

street, car, lamp, moon, star
fox turns grey, trots down alley
barks, cuts through shadow

~

CLP 28/01/2022

on time

sunrise to sunset
witnessed from my work station
daylight flashes by

~

CLP 26/01/2022

on white lights

intermittent wipers
broken lines
marking where to cut
through naked trees
clawing at the sheet
of clouds
bright red triangles
black on white
warning darts
sharp bends
white on black
approaching one-eyed car
wobbles past close enough
to make me wince
and I hear you
"Slow down.
Watch out for the deer."
And this is what happens;
you become part of my world
as I drive toward yours

~

CLP 10/01/2022

magicians

startling trilling song
a pair of wrens exchanging rapidly delivered melodies
the first on buddleja behind the old brick wall
filling the levelled yard with song
opposite the old wharf-side warehouses
its opposite sat bowing the tip of the lone fir
calling up the Sun from behind the wood
clumped along the ridge
where tonight the calls of owls will conjure up the Moon

~

CLP 23/12/2021