on Ukraine

Pavel Filaytyev
soldier of Russia, can't see
justice in this war

~

n.b. Listen for the voices. As with Vietnam, protests from the occupying nation will help end this dread-filled war.

CLP 18/08/2022

on time

three men on corner
The Man should be here by now
nervous gathering

~

n.b. There used to be a police station fifty yards from here, but it’s a pub now. Money saved, lives wasted.

CLP 17/08/2022

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 Ukraine

"a question of time"
he said, stood in the ruins
Time sharpens its scythe

~

n.b. Everyone knows this, but everyone wants to know in whose life-time?

n.n.b. It is important to acknowledge the work of journalists who risk everything to keep us connected to the people living through this brutal war. In this instance, Luke Harding and the photographer Christopher Cherry, both working for The Guardian, published in London.

CLP 16/08/2022

on time

imagine a scene
night club, four decades ago
we barely adults
our language music
dancing, laughter, eye contact
all and nothing said

~

CLP 16/08/2022

on time

today, the first day
nothing lasts, all things must pass
permanent clichés

~

CLP 15/08/2022

on Ukraine

what happened last week?
losses accumulated
mothers fear the post

~

n.b. Day 171.

CLP 13/08/2022

on Ukraine

Pisky changes hands
is anyone listening?
it is a village

~

n.b. Look it up, it’s a village. There are people dying for villages. People dying for villages and Russian forces claim a victory. A victory for what, we ask.

CLP 13/08/2022

on rain

coming soon enough
fiercely beating the hard clay
raging in torrents

~

CLP 13/08/2022

on rain

we bemoan presence
your mild inconvenience
weep at absence

~

n.b. Notes, coins and electronic tokens in private water companies’ bank accounts are worth nothing when Nature’s reserves have been spent.

It is expected that a drought is to be declared in England today. July 2022 saw just 10% of average rain fall for the month, while August has seen close to none at all.

We search the skies for signs of rain. What next, rain dances, prayers?

CLP 12/08/2022