on gratitude

no moment wasted
beautiful companion
bring on tomorrow

~

CLP 22/01/2022

on Ukraine iii

Pennines overlook
darts refining their dark arts
muscles flex, nerves twitch

~

n.b. As we move around in our masks, military aircraft just above our heads operate on stand-by. Out of Plan B into Wing Attack Plan R?

~

CLP 21/01/2022

on time

Friday, what the F
break open the bub-ber-ley
birthday train ride

~

n.b. Not mine. Happy Birthday, mush. “Twenty past Ten; get the Scooby Snacks owat!”

n.n.b. “Owat” translates to ‘out’ further south in England.

CLP

on Ukraine ii

if Russia invades
we'll respond aggressively
collateral damned

~

n.b. Someone factors in civilian deaths, which will mean children, mothers, grandparents, lovers, fathers, sons, daughters.

~

CLP 21/01/2022

on Ukraine

so loud I can't think
of anyone else but you
RAF practice

~

n.b. On the border, on the edge, on the verge…Russian troops run through a few drills. Here, in Norfolk, fighter jets likewise.

What would you be thinking if you were sending your children off to school in Kiev this morning?

~

CLP 20/0/2022

on rain

with tails turned windward
gulls hunch shoulders, form huddle
gusts tug at mastheads

~

CLP 20/01/2022

on dawn

grass sparks, smoulders, smokes
brittle chaffinch call echoes
night's pale shroud lifted

~

CLP 20/01/2022

on love

please don't call now
it cost a lifetime last time
left me counting days

~

CLP 19/01/2022

on light

I rose to meet her
she winked at me through thin trees
lost her by sunrise

~

n.b. The full, silver moon led me across town before slipping away – a merry, chilly dance!

CLP 18/01/2022

on flight

I stopped by the lip of the city
where the lines to London curl south
breathed in the space
felt the frost in my throat
by the derelict site
more fenced-off car parking than I imagined
expanse of redundant concrete
split by grasses at its seams
reflecting the January Sun's warmth
enough to creat sufficient turbulance
to lift the buzzards
they spiralled upwards into the blue
then parted
one toward the ice-steamed broad
the other drifting to the shimmer of curved steel at Crown Point Stadler Traction and Rolling Stock Maintenance Yard

~

CLP 16/01/2022