on leaves

they have fallen sooner this year
and faster than last autumn
covering paths, slicking up roads
laying on the Wensum's thin skin
betraying the tide
creeping under Carrow bridge
sailing counter to the current
tonight will be clear
the plane trees flaking bark
boughs shorn of dressing
have nothing to deflect falling frost
can no longer carry the weight of murderous cold
that pours from the stars
submerging underpasses, flooding shop doorways


CLP 17/11/2021

on seeing

quayside visitor
inquisitive or hungry
prepared to take risks


CLP 16/11/2021

on time

battlements, towers
rich gated community
wealth will eat itself


CLP 16/11/2021


where we seek water
they struggle to get ashore
marginal difference


n.b. Both humans and seals evolved from the mammalian branch of the tree of life, but now they hold mirrored views of the beach…interesting how things turn out.

CLP 15/11/2021

on daylight

uneasy waking
day stumbles out of duvet
cold shower beckons


CLP 14/11/2021


cogs and wheels spinning
birdsong, silence of kestrel
not thinking for now


n.b. Thank you SO for planning the route this morning. I put my gears into motion, put my mind into neutral. Phew!

CLP 13/11/2021

on autumn

rich pickings lie here
carpet of horse chestnut leaves
remnants of summer


n.b. Two Egyptian Geese nosing their way through leaf litter, barely visible in an English city centre.

CLP 12/11/2021

on mist

clouding boundaries
unsettling settling of doubts
softening edges


CLP 11/11/2021

on passing

ancient sentinel
unmoved by shifting city
flint-hearted witness


CLP 09/11/2021

on light

we, who came from stars
are sure that we will return
to from whence we came


CLP 10/11/2021