In Stone

What’s the price of peace?

From this small village two men.

Duty paid in full.

~

n.b. In the churchyard of St. Margaret of Antioch, Cley-Next-The-Sea, Norfolk.

W. Porter, Sapper No. 31585

31st January, 1915

~

G. Mellor, Sapper No. 6743

6th April, 1915

~

CLP 23/03/2021

On Change

Metropolitan

Police seem reluctant to start

immediately.

~

n.b. Surely a positive response would have been to engage with those wishing to hold a vigil and mourn for Sarah Everard on Clapham Common?

Instead, the use of regulation, confrontation and force was deployed to try and control and silence these women. Who decided that this was the appropriate response?

Over to you, Home Secretary, (or is this one question that the Prime Minister might actually answer?).

~

CLP 13/03/2021

Lockdown 3 (Day 14): Morrison’s

A security tag is supposed to be automatically approved and cancelled when scanned at the till.

If it goes off at the exit, don’t worry. The security guard has gone home already and I know your face anyway.”

Great to know that the art of careless talk survives and no she doesn’t know my face as I always wear a face covering from neck to the bridge of my nose every time I am in the shop.

Coronavirus fatigue is kicking in. The vaccines are being distributed and the people are slackening their guards…and security guards.

Three of the points I raised yesterday are in the national news today:

  1. How much is a life worth?
  2. Who should be vaccinated first?
  3. What are the world’s wealthiest nations doing to ensure humankind all gets a fair share of the vaccines?

Meanwhile the UK had the highest recorded death rate in the world per hundred thousand Covid-19 infections.

Don’t even mention Brexit to me, please.

Alexander Johnson suddenly wants us all to be kind and civil when discussing political matters, so we are not like those ‘ghastly colonials’ (he implies).

Perhaps he might help by actually answering some very straight questions with some relevant answers?

I will stop there.

~

CLP 18/01/2021

On 2020

Memorable year

One I would rather forget

Finally ends here

~

CLP 31/12/2020

On Anger

Cool autumnal dawn

Illuminates dark corners

Pigeons’ soft greetings

~

CLP 18/09/2020

On Pain (Norfolk)

Young men side by side

British, Czechs, Poles, and Germans

Buried together.

~

n.b. Farmers’ fields reclaimed from airfields, except this hallowed ground that holds sons of Europe, (and Australia, Canada and New Zealand), whose souls have flown.

~

CLP 10/09/2020

On the Road xxvi

Restlessness ceases

Traveller’s weary heart breathes

Grass soft underfoot

~

n.b. God bless her and all who sail in her.

CLP

On the Rise

Bright, brighter, brightest

Venus tows Moon to zenith

Weary Sun awakes

~

CLP 17/08/2020

On Love

Wounded but blessed

Arrow leaves scars forever

Touch them; they are real

.

n.b. Better to have had than have not. I have been blest.

~

CLP 14/07/2020

Silver

The harsh-sunned pool laid flat still

Mirror to the willows’ feathered limbs

A float-glass plate decorated with green

Fronds and strands held still beneath

No flow, no breath

I lean on the stone parapet

See my silhouette’s sharp outline

I am about to leave this scene

When a metallic flash, a flip, a soft splash

The surface cut from below by a butterfly kiss

Yes, she’s there, but not for long

But she’s there

I smile to myself and wander happily on

~

CLP 10/08/2020