on Ukraine

come gather round you
sons of Russia enrich soil
who don't understand?

~

n.b. It is reported in the NY Times that Russian military losses are in excess of 200,000, not counting the captured. That land must hold a lot of value to Moscow if it is happy to spread so much blood and bone.

CLP 03/02/2023

on time

better things to do
than play games with the weather
prepare for the worst

~

n.b. Blue sky, but clouds not quite as white and fluffy as to be entirely innocent.

CLP 02/02/2023

on time

aroused from deep dream
sun clouded out, day decays
gloves, coats, car headlights

~

CLP 01/02/2023

on light

bright start betrays you
beware the day's warm welcome
winter rules still hold

~

n.b. I’m sure we’ve all done it, misread the promise of a sunny morning to venture out in hope, before finding bright sunlight doesn’t always keep its promises.

This peacock butterfly was suffering by the time of January’s last sunset.

CLP 01/02/2023

on Ukraine

long-term investment
everyone wants a pie slice
who's brokering peace?

~

n.b. I notice that the UK economy is the only large richer nation forecast to be in economic decline in 2023, despite Johnson acting as arms salesman par excellence. The arms industry is doing very well, so the rest of the UK economy must be in a hell of a slump.

CLP 31/01/2023

on truth

now the hole story
liar by his omissions
outline of events

~

n.b. With this UK government, it’s what they don’t say we have to be careful of; the unknown knowns, so to speak.

CLP 31/01/2023

on Ukraine

frost hard ground broken
another soldier laid down
days filled with darkness

~

n.b. Is anyone out there still counting? Does any of this still count?

CLP 30/01/2023

on time

paramedics wait up
patients in car parks for hours
our chronic decline

~

n.b. All very well spending £ billions of the public‘s taxed money on an aircraft carrier which broke on sea trials, PPE that was useless and never used, bureaucracy to leave the EU, (our biggest trading partner), but nothing invested in hospitals for those very taxpayers.

Meanwhile, tax dodging (avoidance and evasion) of the highest order persists by those actually in the highest executive positions of power.

Tax the richest harder. No such thing as trickle down economics, as the rich get richer and the gap widens between the excess of haves and the poverty of have nots.

The UK is a shambolic mess. How not to run a country.

Enough is enough.

~

CLP 28/01/2023

on Ukraine

caterpillar tracks
loaded onto railway trucks
shareholders cash in

~

n.b. As we move closer to open conflict between Russia and “The West” I attended a party recently at which there was open talk about moving savings into arms manufacturing shares and disappointment expressed at missing out on buying stock in an American armament corporation. Ironically, it was at a wake.

There was also talk of fear of direct war with Russia...as opposed to what? A proxy war that sacrifices the very last Ukrainian?

CLP 27/01/2023

on light

heating or eating
becomes less problematic
all welcome the Sun!

~

n.b. Today, warmth…when out of the shade and sheltered from the bitter wind. Progress of sorts.

CLP 27/01/2023