on time

things happen unseen
turn your back for five minutes
and what do you know!

~

n.b. Summer? Already?

CLP 20/05/2022

owlet

a fledgling tawny owl
to whit, one learning to fly
landed here and sat still
we watched and waited
for it to fly
it watched
and waited
for us to go too

~

CLP 16/05/2022

on time

through the arch window
heart of pepper-pot windpump
green power returns

~

n.b. Just a few miles from this C19th windpump, built to keep the marshes accessible for farming by pumping floodwaters back into the tidal reaches of the Yare, there are now the wind turbines generating the power to fuel the electric pumps that do the same job today. It is said that over time all things go in cycles, much like wind-power.

CLP 09/05/2022

on time

reed beds swirl in breeze
roots washed by tidal shifts
returning swallows

~

CLP 09/05/2022

on light

jeepers! steady on!
you do realise it's March?
get back in your box!!!

~

n.b. We can talk climate disruption, or turn on the air-con. You choose.

CLP 23/03/2022

on light

where street lamps can't reach
she casts precious lustrous clues
mint silver sixpence

~

CLP 20/03/2022

on colour

remember blue skies
languid pines, dappled hillsides
cynical east wind?

~

CLP 17/02/2022

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

is this Italy?
pine trees, clear sky, sickle moon?
yucca's frost needles

~

n.b. Come, take me away from here! To Italy for spring showers, steaming pavements and warmth of the morning sun.

~

CLP 04/02/2022

on the wind

night-long low moaning
twists curtain, clicks doors' catches
snake licks round bedroom

~

n.b. It has been a quiet winter so far out here in East Anglia’s hilly city, but now the wind is getting involved, stirring the pot, dragging the cold air with it through the streets like an impatient parent leading a tardy child to the school gate.

CLP 27/01/2022