on time

the civil war was when
some people hoped all sorted
no money, no change

~

n.b. Shifts in society take generations. Chris Kaba’s family in London, UK, also spring to mind.

CLP 22/09/2022

on time

schedules don't account
for variable weather
rain-break friendships flow

~

n.b. Something special about the White Sox crowd. Nearly six hours with the rain delay start, passed in a flash. Thank you to Sam, Henry, the guy in the queue (not ‘The Queue’) and the ticket seller. Unforgettable evening of great conversation. Baseball was pretty good too, by the way.

CLP 21/09/2022

on time

cocooned from us all
a cosseted existence
passes unquestioned

~

n.b. Time to move on sisters and brothers. Time to move on.

CLP 19/09/2022

on Ukraine

Kubiansk junction
railway becomes battle line
points of no return

~

CLP 18/09/2022

on money

after the ball game
guitar case for donations
musicians on tour
after the music
man tells story of hunger
daily occurrence

~

n.b. Money is a big issue. A replica team baseball shirt on sale for $345 in the Team Store; on the street a guy needs $15 to eat.

The team motif is the cherry blossoms of spring, obvious to the passing motorist. Under the shade of trees, homeless men and women shelter, passing motorists oblivious.

Don’t think I don’t know this isn’t just a USA situation, I come from the UK.

CLP 18/09/2022

on time

gladitorial
arena gives up the fight
miserable wreck

~

n.b. In 18 months all that will remain of the JFK Stadium will be memories and photographs.

CLP 16/09/2022

on time

waving or drowning
it's hard to determine here
unfinished business

~

n.b. This marble sculpture, carved by Adelaide Johnson, was presented to the US government in 1921 by the National Women’s Party.

Deliberately produced as emergent figures in knowledge that work to improve women’s rights is work in progress.

The women represented here are: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Antony, and Lucy Mott. Rosa Parks is sat just along the line, “sitting so others might stand.”

I took a tour of the Capitol building led by a fantastic guide from the US Capitol Guide Service, which is maintained as a free service to educate everyone about the history at the heart of the USA’s national government. Educational, engaging and entertaining! An hour well spent.

The National Statuary Hall, US Capitol, (with brilliant guide).

CLP 16/09/2022

on Ukraine

no joy in victory
disturbed earth, broken bodies
here are the missing

~

n.b. They say “Never go back”, but for some, they never left Izium, nor Bucha, nor Mariupol.

on time

think of any name
here, there are tens of thousands
many out of one

~

n.b. Vietnam War memorial to the lost armed forces personnel of the USA. It is a list of names of those lost, in the order they were lost. The lack of reference to the context of the conflict makes it an even more mournful memorial.

CLP 15/09/2022

on life

while we're looking east
remember, there's a war on
American streets

~

CLP 15/09/2022