on life

sparrow hawk attack
cacophony of squealing
rookery alerted


n.b. The most remarkable sight of a sparrow hawk trying to drag a jackdaw to a plucking post. The prey nearly the same size as the hawk, makes things awkward, unbalancing the flight and managing to drop to the ground in the pub garden. The sparrow hawk does not tarry, seen off noisily by the other corvids raised from the surrounding trees by the alarm.

CLP 01/09/2022

on time

Moon setting across
Wensum. I wish you were here.
Simple, isn't it?

CLP 02/08/2022

on getting home very, very late

'Ello, 'ello, er
so what's all this about, then?
none of your business


n.b. Nice to see Norfolk Constabulary out and about in such numbers on Norwich Pride day. I saw seven officers, wearing various rainbow motifs, transfers, face paints, etc., interviewing a lone male who had been travelling on an unlicensed electric scooter in the city centre.

Meanwhile, the Met declined to interview, or even send a questionnaire, to the covid lockdown partying Prime Minister. Elsewhere, fossil fuel companies are robbing us blind and no, no one is looking at the legalities of their exploitative monopoly behaviours.

CLP 31/07/2022

on time

nigh two years have passed
we're increasingly distant
universe expands


CLP 13/07/2022

on time

dry flower heads fall
breath of silver birch, a gull
laughter caught on breeze


CLP 10/07/2022

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 Ukraine

two helicopters
chop, chop across the city
no longer pretence


n.b. Chinooks over Norwich? Where will the line be drawn?

CLP 25/06/2022

on summer

talk of clear blue sky
and here it is, like crystal
devoid of hirundines


n.b. Where are the swallows, martins and swifts? I was lucky enough to hear their familiar squeals, then count seven swifts later this evening, but not a swallow or martin, above the houses, or down by the lakeside earlier.

CLP 24/06/2022

Contactless / Miradas-19

A pamphlet containing five of my poems from the first Covid-19 UK lockdown has been published in the ‘Unmasked Writings’ series by Egg Box Publishing of Norwich.

The experiences of those days seem quite distant now. Having WordPress and you, its lovely online readers and writers, was a central part of the experience and crucial to me being able to maintain perspective. The poems in the collection are hereby dedicated to each of you who has ever read, liked, or commented on my posts. Thank you for being out there.

Alongside a prose poem by André P Hughes, the five poems I wrote in this short collection, appear with beautiful Spanish translations by Aida López Milán. If you would like a copy, please order from Egg Box Publishing:


The publisher is a non-profit organisation linked to the University of East Anglia, all proceeds go into publishing new writers’ work…but not to the writers.

CLP. 23/06/2022

on light

all you can muster
from heaven, Earth and water
celestial blue


CLP 21/06/2022