On Autumn V

How bright dragonfly

Life sparkles in late summer

Passes too quickly


CLP 11/11/2018

On Shingle

Rushing stones swept

By surging storm driven surf

Spit and hiss at Man


CLP 09/11/2018

On The Beach

Relentless waves

Assault makeshift defences

Wash away resolve.


CLP 07/11/2018

Nightmare I

She gallops through sleep

Creates turbulence of thought

Calm in her stable.


CLP 06/11/2018

The Life of Reilly (I)

I last saw him

Wandering through the wire

Khaki cap askew

Jacket smart with brass buttons

Polished last night

As commanded

Flashing flirty smiles

At the mouths of Mausers.

A vicious frost lay

Kindly on the mud.

From beneath his weary boots I heard

The crunch of ice

“Jack!” I called

He turned, waved, grinned.

I was the last he saw.

CLP  03/11/2018

First Light (i)

In the end of night

Sun leathered magnolia leaves

Resound to beats of rain

Set grass blades to shivery dance

Cracked soil swells, fills, closes quenched

Droplets pool in hollows

Shimmering sheets cover all

Border foliage floats

On the rising flood.



Souls from the very depths

Swollen, pale pink, choked

Join the engorged slugs




Blackbirds wake

Throw yellow beaks open

To herald the dawn


CLP  01/11/2018


Rocked by the moon

Gentle rhythms of the sea

Soothe the restless Earth.


CLP 30/10/2018

On Autumn IV

Beneath icy blue

Kaleidoscope turns to red

Forewarns of Winter.


CLP 16/10/2018

On Sleep

It would be great to sleep until late and if I could I would but can’t.

(Too tired to break those 17 syllables into 5-7-5. Dear reader do it yourself).

CLP 13/10/2018



Unseen until swinging past

Tail enflamed in approach to Sun

Heated by that enticing prospect

Illuminating the dark of night

Shining through the brightest blue

Reminder that this sky

Is simply cloak


CLP  11/10/2018