on time

grandson stands, twists tongue
attempts clicking of fingers
softness of digits

~

CLP 26/10/2022

on time

the congregation
depart bathed in victory
everyone happy

n.b. Not so great for the visiting opposition, admittedly.

CLP 17/07/2022

on life

grown-ups planted this
there must have been good reason
makes a neat goal frame

CLP 08/08/2022

on morning

colour brings out shape
shape becomes solidity
scene set for day's play

~

CLP 14/12/2022

on time

someone chose sixties
but each day's spin could have been
played out in nineties

~

CLP 12/12/2021

On Language

before play our words

excite hopeful new meaning

double entendres

~

CLP 09/07/2021

The Magic Picture Tree

What do you see in the shape of this old oak tree

Shaped by lightening, prevailing winds, minerals and time?

I saw an opera singer, big as a house

Someone else a buried cross

What can you shape from this old oak tree?

~

CLP 25/05/2021

L3 (Day 47): In the clouds

Above the city

in sleepy-headed Spring morn’

birdsong, air force jets

~

n.b. You would have thought the North Sea was room enough to play in. Why don’t you fly off out there and look for Russian naval ships?

And now the car park curator with the leaf blower. Merde! I can barely hear the jets I was moaning about. What is wrong with using a yard brush with its regular, human rhythm, the sound of birch twigs sweeping a granular surface, jointly calming and healthy exercise?

n.n.b. I miscounted the days. This is Day 47. Thanks for your understanding y’all x

~

CLP 22/02/2021

On Playing xix

Game of Truth or Dare!

Which is the most frightening?

Dare to be honest

~

CLP 30/01/2021

On Playing xviii

If I put it all

on the hope of winning you

when would the wheel stop?

~

n.b. There is much sensible advice to hand for gamblers. For example: when the fun stops, stop; only bet what you can afford to lose.

What if you never take a chance? What do you win then? Do you stick, play safe, stay home and make the best of what you have got?

Life is a journey where “the highway is for gamblers.” *

There is neither wrong nor right in this. It’s your choice how to play.

*from Bob Dylan’s ‘It’s All Over Now,Baby Blue’

~

CLP 29/01/2021