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 Ukraine

where's the crime asking
How many children have died?
Moscow is the place


n.b. Marina Ovsyannikova has now had the Moscow police searching her family home for evidence of crimes. This is a witch hunt.

CLP 10/08/2022

on getting home very, very late

'Ello, 'ello, er
so what's all this about, then?
none of your business


n.b. Nice to see Norfolk Constabulary out and about in such numbers on Norwich Pride day. I saw seven officers, wearing various rainbow motifs, transfers, face paints, etc., interviewing a lone male who had been travelling on an unlicensed electric scooter in the city centre.

Meanwhile, the Met declined to interview, or even send a questionnaire, to the covid lockdown partying Prime Minister. Elsewhere, fossil fuel companies are robbing us blind and no, no one is looking at the legalities of their exploitative monopoly behaviours.

CLP 31/07/2022

on time

crossing road, stops, waits
leave, or carry it over?
hedgehog prickles sharp


n.b. It’s been some time since I have seen a hedgehog alive. Their natural defence is to stop, curl into a ball then hold still until the perceived threat passes. They have yet to work out that this doesn’t work when approached by motor vehicles.

This beauty stopped right in the middle of the street as I was passing last evening, so I lifted it with barehands and placed it behind a low wall on some grass on the side it was heading.

A few moments later three police vehicles rolled by very slowly and quietly. They turned left and pulled up to make a raid. The hedgehog would have had no chance against that convoy.


CLP 24/05/2022

on light

sirens from below
concrete and glass flicker blue
Friday night normal


n.b. Just people doing people things at a sub-atomic level, thankfully.

CLP 04/03/2022

Raid (i)

night, asleep

after valentines

messaged “night”

he wakes; strange silence

no traffic, just the night bird

drapes back-lit by blues


n.b. NaPoWriMo 2021 Day 7 prompt syallable count forms (i) Shadorma 3/5/3/5/7/5. See below Raid (ii) for an example of (ii) Fibonacci 1/1/2/3/5/8.


CLP 07/04/2021

Can I come in? It’s not safe out there

…it never has been, I thought

I read the news, have seen the stats

hear the doppler rise and fall of sirens

bouncing off the city walls insistent

on untrammelled passage

scrambling wits of locked in drivers

blocked in lanes unsure quite where

the blue lights approach from

or head toward, what they are

and who they’re for


May I? For a moment, until it clears.

Could it ever, I wondered after

weeks, months, years have passed?

Some still remember how it felt

to bump accidentally into friends

or brew a fight with a stranger

or catch the light in a smile

(while sharing a smoke at the cool side-door)

agreeing to something a little more intimate


n.b. NaPoWriMo 2021 Day 6 Prompt, take a line from a story as a prompt, then write the poem, then

“Actually, one of them was supposed to come today, but because of the commotion going on out there they sent me instead.” 

From Samsa in Love by Haruki Murakami first published in The New Yorker, republished in Desire Vintage Classics / Penguin Random House (London, 2017).


CLP 06/04/2021


L3 (Day 35) Snowed In

Well done for getting out!” he said

as if I’d slipped out

past the plastic police

of Serco plc

who run Yarl’s Wood

Immigration Removal Centre


In fact, all I had done

was walk to town

in the snow


CLP 09/02/2021

Lockdown 3 (Day 9) In the Rain

I went out to deliver a loaf of bread and spent time talking with my friend who was taking a few moments outside her front door taking in the bizarre combination of fresh air and tobacco smoke. She smokes quite theatrically, turning her head to the side when exhaling the toxic gases she has moments before inhaled quite deeply. I haven’t spoken to a smoker for many months and it was a novelty to observe her process.

A recent study from Kings College London showed how vulnerable smokers are to covid-19. As I may have mentioned before, I think that banning tobacco sales would have been a good move when the pandemic measures were implemented. If saving the NHS was such a big deal, why not remove one of the main sources of ill-health in the country (in the world!) from the market?

It is my only pleasure” you might hear a nicotine addict say. Will they say that again when dying of pneumonia after having a lung removed and their loved ones witnessing their ghastly and untimely demise?

Rain started to fall as we stood about four metres apart. Here and there tiny white balls of ice fell that appeared too white and too light to be hailstones. They melted on touching the ground. Snow balls? The Inuit have a word for this form of precipitation I suspect.

As I cycled back home through Chapelfield Gardens two police officers were talking to a homeless man. One was writing into her notebook. The man’s worldly possessions, including a sleeping bag rolled up and tied with string, were lying under a bush. I hope the officers were able to direct him toward some support. They will have plenty of information to tap into. The question will be whether he wants any help they can offer.

The first lockdown illuminated the size of the street homeless population. It is a growing problem as jobs are cut and incomes fall due to the economic impacts of the pandemic and Brexit.

Goldfinches litter the air with their excited song. The days are a little lighter, despite the cloud cover.


CLP 13/01/2021

In the (U)SA (vi)

New China Daily”

Delights in Presidential tweets

Pot calling kettle…


n.b. www.ccn.com reports that the People’s Republic of China’s national / official news media highlights the irony of China’s government being criticised for how the PRC is responding to pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong, by a US President who is calling for “domination” of the people demonstrating against police brutality following George Floyd’s callous murder.

CLP  02/06/2020