Words

Egg Box, the publishing offshoot at University of East Anglia have just launched this anthology. There are some stunning poems in this from an amazing cohort of students. As one of the people on the course I have had some of my original poems included too, (poems not published on line).

Thank you to all my blog readers for reading, following, liking and commenting. Your encouragement is very much appreciated.

If you are interested in buying a copy, the anthology is available from www.eggboxpublishing.com

(Brexit will affect prices of the book for EU-based customers, which is a nonsense, obviously!).

With best wishes


Christopher Perry
13th October 2021

skirting

the wave breaks
coughs up kelp
splashes shingle up the beach
rolls stones over
brushes out sand
catches air in pockets
marks the tideline in thick foamy spume
leaves with a hiss
of bursting bubbles
slips back into itself
gathers in its pleats
to unfurl them again
backfilling our footprints
proving nothing
waits for us

~

CLP 11/10/2021

on the beach

at first sight old
older than you and me
much older
Walking hand in hand
as we might from time to time
in moments unconnected by conversation
they stopped momentarily
so she could stoop to pick up a pebble
or a shell, or a flint, or to investigate
a wave-shined glint of something
that caught her imagination
as he waited to be shown her find
at first sight old
older than you and me
but now not at all
not as old as fossilised sea urchins
not as ancient as bellemnite-bored chalk
they were just like us
two more children
playing by the sea

~

CLP 11/10/2021

Sickle

right in the hand
perfectly balanced
as if part of my arm
slicing the air
slicing my doubts
opening my skin
bare to my heart
opening me up
letting light pour in

~

n.b. Yes, I believe.

CLP 10/10/2021

no Moon

this is when I feel it most
the air thick with mist
desiccated leaves
scratching at paving slabs

fine webs strung between damp blades
covering verges except where disturbed
by fungi pushing through to pour out spores by the million

tonight there is no lunar distraction just railway siding lights,
street lights, traffic lights, headlights, crossing lights
red lights topping off a crane
a ceiling light in an uncurtained room
each corner bared without shame

above all this electric illumination
beyond the mist, night's black chasm
with Jupiter and its satellites bright
the redness of Mars distinct
even to my tired eyes

I'm nearly home, it's midnight
a digital sign tells me +17c
all I need to know
is when you'll next see me

~

CLP 09/10/2021

on Platform 2

This is Woking
...if you see something that doesn't look right
speak to a member of staff or contact British Transport Police
text 61016
see it say it sorted
this is your conductor
welcome aboard this South-West Trains service to London Waterloo
you can find me towards the middle
of this ten coach train
the next stop will be London Waterloo
estimated time of arrival at our final destination
is 14:22
Woking, this is Woking

Looks ordinary enough
so, why are the Tories at war with Woking?

~

CLP 07/10/2021

on the island

caught against a wall
colour diluted by headlights
fox trotting through town

~

n.b. Foxes in Portsmouth scavenge by night, gulls by day.

CLP 06/10/2021

on the sea

ocean green tides shift
stones, open cliffs, crack concrete
we'll return to it

~

CLP 05/10/2021

on London

taxing the low paid
while laundering millions
tennis with BoJo

~

n.b. It’s wrong. London’s financial machinery is central to money laundering crime world-wide. See the Pandora Papers for more.

CLP 05/10/2021

on autumn iii

it's been so still
humid air weighing on us all
weary from sleepless nights
from self-medicated sleep
from restless waking
from waking alone

and now the leaves move
trees sigh at their relief
the wind tunes up
wheezy gaps in windows and doors ajar
asthmatic whistling of telephone cables
clinking lines on masts
waves thick enough to roll the shingle
to slap the seawall
spit over its parapet
and bounce back to sea

this cool sou'westerly
freshens up the air
brings on the rain
brings me sleep
alone or not

~

CLP 04/10/2021