From the Street

Slurred songs echo up

Drinking woman sits on path

Where will her night end?


n.b. It’s only just turned 20:00h on a Saturday evening. It’s cold, damp, dark. She pauses her songs occasionally to bait a passer by.


CLP 17/10/2020

On the Surface v

Lumps and hummocks rise

Above East Anglian towns

But not high enough


n.b. An old radar tower, from the Second World War, or the Cold War, is now used to distribute wireless and mobile telephone signals.

At around 110m high, this tower is as tall as a football pitch is long. It is an impressive and strangely elegant structure. It stands at Upper Stoke, just outside Norwich, on a slight rise in the land, just 60m above sea level.

Whoever gets to climb the ladder to do running repairs at the top must have nerves of steel.

In the whole county of Norfolk, the highest point of its gently-shaped surface is close to the coast at West Runton, where Beacon Hill is 103m above the sea. By comparison, Scarfell Pike is England’s highest point at 978m, (3,208 ft).

Given the continuing rise of sea-levels the land heights are approximate and possibly over-cooked.



On the Surface iv

Obvious question

draws out the old, bare-faced lie

“No, everything’s fine.”


n.b. Who’d think Alexander Johnson would give a straight answer, or indeed ever answer? Obviously this senyrū could be related to other situations.

CLP 15th October 2020

On the Surface iii

Now I want to know

What treatments are offered by

The Young Surgery.


n.b. Should there be a warning triangle here too, Men at Work? I was intrigued by the idea of feminine rejuvenation; could I have a treatment if I start losing touch with any of that aspect of my being that has aged unduly?


CLP 14th October, 2020