autumn

come turbulent skies
give me everything you've got
throw down your challenge

~

CLP 20/10/2021

daylight robbery

this is ours
the canvas that fills with cumuli
where delicate cirrus decorates our moon
where Sun drags its heat from dawn to dusk
the venue of Venus, the field for Mars
where Saturn plays perpetual hula hoop
dance floor of Jupiter and its spinning jewels
backdrop for all our stars
this is our space you build in
concreting our view
damping our days
darkening our nights
boxing the light
constricting our breath
into narrow alleyways
you, who have enclosed our commons
now prepare to steal our sky

~

n.b. Time to draw a line to protect our light. Walls are being built on river banks and coasts for the few who are buying up our common views, breathing space and sense of space.

Norwich is being slowly smothered by these concrete and glass blocks. The Wensum is being enclosed.

Watching the building foundations being sunk is fascinating until you realise how deep the piles go and then the horror takes over; the sky is being taken from us.

~

CLP 15/10/2021

From Leeds

enjoying the green space by the cathedral
spire pricking the blue autumn sky
stopping me, now a local, to ask
would you take some pictures please
first alone, then with my friend
landscape then portrait
mobile then iPad
we're going home tomorrow
to the other city of wool
the one of the hanging sheep

~

CLP 16/09/2021

Otter

less curious of us
you curl back below
to twist and curve
through straggled reeds
continuing your pursuit
of perch or roach


your steady exhalation
pops free in tiny splashes
from bursting bubbles of CO2
that trace your submarine path
across the Yare to the sticky bank
growing from the falling tide


slick as the mud you move in
colour of the Yare that feeds you
you halt at last
check our movement, silence our whispers
less amused by us
you slip back below

~

CLP 14/09/2021

Long Weekend


across bridges, through tunnels
down paths, along tracks
so many hours, hundreds of miles
I'm on my way back
I'm nearly home

~

CLP 12/09/2021

Waiting…

...for the heat to hot up
the sun to spot me
for clouds to come
pull me under their covers
and soak me through
I'm ready

~

CLP 08/09/2021

On The Wind

empty container
scutters along dry gutter
rustle of leaves

~

CLP 26/08/2021

August vi

somewhere in between

heat of summer / autumn mist

dry shimmer of leaves

~

CLP 13/08/2021

On Water XLIV

I love the way rain

draws colour to dull pavements

illumination

~

CLP 22/05/2021

On Water XLII

cast adrift on rain

cherry blossom stains pavements

passing thunder storm

~

CLP 20/05/2021