Morning Sickness

Light draining from summer sky
Life draining from a marriage

Nothing matters anymore
Choking on tears

Everyone can hear them
Windows opened to cool night

A domestic blister bursts in
Removes all dream of sleep

She's beyond distraught
His vocabulary in retreat

It's twenty-to-two
She's twenty-nine, in pain

Trying to end it all
Before dawn throws it all up again


CLP 22/05/2022

on light

lights, but nobody
home to hope, still despair wins
until the next time


n.b. What is going on in there? Who knows, but more importantly, who cares? The rhythm broken, habits forgotten, routines disrupted; stuff yer Premier League!

CLP 28/02/2022

on love

turn towards the light
step inside, come be with us
we are no different


CLP 21/03/2022

on time

expels people into street
return home to what?


CLP 10/02/2022

On Life

Unclear as they seem

we have links to each other.

Connection or chain?


n.b. Choose, if you can.


CLP 07/03/2021

On Numbers -2

Days that we all have

Until going back again.

Where will I find you?


CLP 02/11/2020

On the Street xii

Smiles become tight lips

Breaths held, sentences halted

Nothing to hear here


n.b. At first I thought this phenomena may be an unsociable characteristic of city life, but realised it is a new courtesy amongst the unmasked, a show of respect for passing fellow pedestrians with white hair; not breathing out, postponing the moment of exhalation until some random old boy has safely passed by.



On The Street xi

London Town from an Airbus, 2017


No longer gold-paved

Whittington has turned away

Back to the country


n.b. I refer you to the story of Dick Whittington and (appropriately for this FaceBook age) his cat. The cat ended up quite wealthy too.

CLP 10/10/2020

On Chess

Making the first move

Does not necessarily

Mean having control

n.b. As in a gun duel in any Western movie you care to mention, moving first doesn’t always work out for the best.


CLP 31/08/2020

On the Road II

We fall into step

Discover the passing beat

Of lost hearts and souls


CLP 26/07/2020